It is no secret that we’re more at risk for certain medical conditions as we age and that we should be aware of the health concerns for seniors in their 70’s. Heart attack, stroke, dementia, and chronic pain are simply more likely to occur in older individuals than in younger. In addition to these conditions, other problems such as insomnia, under nourishment, balance disorders, and memory decline develop in individuals in their 70’s even if they are relatively healthy.
Establishing certain behavior patterns can increase the chances of getting adequate sleep in order to reduce insomnia.
Declining abilities to smell and taste often discourage eating in those over 70. Grocery shopping and cooking can also be challenging.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among seniors. To decrease fall risk:
Lack of Exercise
Balance, digestion, memory, and strength are all positively impacted by adequate exercise.
Seniors living alone or experiencing varying degrees of mental and physical decline face many issues that impact their abilities to stay safe. From driving accidents to fire/smoke incidents in the home to mental and physical abuse and incidents of theft and fraud…..the list of safety hazards can be daunting.