TOP HEALTH CONCERNS
FOR OLDER ADULTS

 
Arthritic Conditions
Cardiovascular Disease
Cancer
Choosing a 
Physician
 Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type
Diabetes
Lung Problems
Osteoporosis

MYTH: Caregiving Issues Are The Same Regardless Of The Condition Or Disease.
Answer:
 
False
 
Demands of different conditions and unique individuals and their circumstances exact diverse skills and burdens for caregivers. With age comes a higher incidence of chronic diseases which will occur in greater numbers with the dramatic increase in numbers of older persons over the next few decades. It is these conditions that create the bulk of caregiving demands. A recent study at Duke University has found that chronic disability rates for people 65 and older have decreased by nearly 15% from 1982 to 1994. While this is consistent with the decline in U.S. mortality rates for persons over 80 years and improvement in meeting the needs of the very old, the older adult population remains at highest risk of chronic disease.

 
For additional information on this topic, please check the following:
 
   Arthritic Conditions
   Cardiovascular Disease
   Cancer
   Choosing a Physician
   Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type
   Diabetes
   Lung Problems
   Osteoporosis

 
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