By : Anita Ginsburg
People are living longer than ever thanks to healthier lifestyles, new medications and improved surgical techniques. However, with age comes health problems. Some conditions are more common and serious than others in older adults. Here are five common health conditions in the elderly, along with ways to manage them:
The Arthritis Foundation reports more than 100 different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the most common forms. Most senior adults suffer from osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis. This degenerative joint disease causes joint pain and swelling, and it often restricts movement. Treatment focuses on long-term symptom management through stretching, exercise and medications. Some people can have surgery to repair damaged joints.