Thursday, March 8, 2007

80% of Older Adults Have Chronic Ills

CDC Report Includes Tips on Preventing Those Health Problems WebMD 3/8/07 "Nearly 80% of Americans aged 65 or older have at least one chronic condition such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, or depression -- and half have at least two chronic conditions...The report, called "The State of Aging and Health in America 2007," covers 15 topics including disability, mental distress, obesity, smoking, oral health, hip fractures, vaccinations, exercise, and diet"

The findings include

  • "One in five people aged 65 and older is obese.
  • Nearly one in three (32%) is sedentary (no physical activity in the past month).
  • Only 30% eat at least five fruits and vegetables daily.
  • More than 20% don't have any of their own teeth.
  • 34% are disabled.
  • More than a third haven't been screened for colorectal cancer.
  • A quarter of women aged 65 and older haven't had a mammogram in the last two years.
  • About 6% report mental distress 14 or more days in the past month."

The advice, basic as it is:

  • Be physically active.
  • Take care of your oral health.
  • Stay up to date with your vaccinations.
  • Get screened for colorectal cancer.
  • Learn how to prevent falls.
  • Talk to your family and doctor about your wishes for end-of-life care.
  • Not smoking, eating at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, and getting other medical tests and checkups are also recommended.

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