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Increase in Chronic Conditions for the Elderly

By brian barrick
August 28, 2012

A large rise in chronic conditions in the elderly has been seen across genders, race, and socioeconomic status. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention did a study on many chronic conditions in the elderly and found that the number of affected seniors rose over 8% in ten years. Seniors contracted a vast combination of chronic conditions including hypertension and diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, and hypertension and cancer which, in most cases, led to even more conditions. There are many chronic conditions that are undiagnosed, so the numbers could be even higher unknowingly. For older adults with multiple chronic conditions it can be very challenging to afford physician visits, prescriptions, and hospitalization, but as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the increase, next they can find the reason why, and eventually the cure.

As we age, of course we are going to feel a little weaker, get ill more often, and lose some energy but how do you know if you have a chronic condition like the ones above? Well, the only way to truly find out is to go to your doctor, but some symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weight changes
  • Depression

If you have these symptoms and are worries, do not hesitate to speak with your doctor. If you do have a chronic condition there are ways to deal with day to day living:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Change in diet
  • Manage sleep and fatigue
  • Use medication correctly
  • Exercise
  • Communicate with health providers

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