The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 75% of deaths in people over the age of 65 in industrialised countries are from heart
disease, cancer and cerebrovascular disease (such as stroke) .Another major cause of death and
isability is osteoporosis and associated bone fractures, which affects many women due to post-menopausal bone loss.
The increased life expectancy in the U.S. has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health, reveals new research published in the
December issue of the Journal of Gerontology. The new research from Eileen
Crimmins, at the University of Southern California, shows that average “morbidity,” or, the period of life spend with serious disease
or loss of functional mobility, has actually increased in the last few decades. The researchers show that the average number of healthy years has
decreased since 1998. We spend fewer years of our lives without disease, even though we live longer.
Millions of senior citizens across the globe are not getting the proper health care they need because governments and the
society are not aware enough of the problem. By 2025, there will about 1200 million people aged 65
years according to UN estimates. Failure to address oral health needs today could develop
into a costly problem tomorrow. Seven per cent of the 1.1 billion Indian population is today over the age of 60.
They too wish to have a better access to health care, look forward to fun, health, dignity, economic independence and a peaceful
death. They cannot afford to be ill as sickness is expensive.
Japan is the most elderly country in the history of the world. Its
average life span, 82 years and soaring, is creating an entirely new kind of society, the vast implications of which, during its embryonic
decades, few seemed to think very much about. Twenty-three percent of the population is 65 or over, as against a mere
13 percent under 15. Care for the elderly consumes half the national
health budget. By 2055, the government predicts, half the population will be pensioners.
About 47 countries during the past 10 years, the number of older persons had doubled, and in most developing countries, the population of
older persons had increased by 50 per cent. In European countries, older people worked right through old age, and a good part of
their earnings went back into the households, for infant care, for children and mothers – for food nutrition and health-care access.
Some health problem and common ailments that generally affect senior
citizens are blood pressure, cardiac problems, diabetes, joint pains, kidney infections, cancer, tuberculosis
etc. Once they occur, these disease may take a long time to heal due to old age. It is important to get medical
checkups regularly to prevent the onset of any of these health conditions.
Herbal remedies for Old Age Diseases are also very effective in some diseases.
Alzheimers Disease is a brain disorder and a slow and gradual disease that
begins in the part of the brain that controls the memory. As it spreads to other parts of the brain, it affects a greater number of intellectual, emotional and
behavioral abilities. There is no known cause for this disease. As a person grows older, he is at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
After 60, the risk is one in 20, but after 80 it is one in five.” No one knows why it happens, but it occurs when
cells in the brain start dying. It is degenerative and leads to mental deterioration.
Brain shrinkage or atrophy is a natural part of ageing but it is known
to be accelerated in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a kind of memory loss and forgetfulness and Alzheimers.
A new study has shown that drinking beet juice daily can increase blood flow
to the brain in older adults. This finding could hold great potential for combating the dementia.
Researchers at the British Science Festival reported
that high doses of B vitamins and folic acid could reduce memory decline and brain shrinkage in those already suffering from mild cognitive impairment.
A new study by researchers at Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH) finds
that a high intake of flavonoid rich berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, over time, can delay memory decline in older women by 2.5
years. This study is published by "Annals of Neurology", a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, on April 26, 2012.
The signs of Alzheimers Disease or dementia are much less visible. About 280,000 Australians are living with the
disease daily and that 1600 new cases are diagnosed each week
New video shows why we grow old
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