There are many chronic diseases that are common in older adults but luckily there are also ways to prevent and manage those diseases. High blood pressure is the most common disease that affects seniors and it frequently comes with no symptoms. To manage high blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight and limit your salt and alcohol intake. High cholesterol is also common in older adults and can be prevented by quitting smoking and staying active. Finally, arthritis is typically misconceived as stiffness and/or aches but can be managed by exercising.
- High blood pressure can be reduced or prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, limiting salt and adding daily exercise.
- High cholesterol affects 47% of seniors and can be managed by quitting smoking and eating less saturated and trans fats.
- Arthritis is sometimes dismissed as stiffness or aches but it can be very severe. Exercising 5 times a week for 30 minutes can help ease the pain.
“To help your older adult stay as healthy as possible, we share NCOA’s helpful infographic and highlight key information and prevention and management tips for each of the 10 chronic conditions.”