Let’s face it, no one mentioned that it hurt to grow old. Physically, the older we get, the more our joints and bones will ache. It’s not uncommon and in fact, one out of three persons over the age of 50 struggle with joint and bone pain to one degree or another.
Exercise is a great way to help combat this pain. Keeping the joints and limbs in motion is important and will help to keep the body limber.
Other typical ailments besides the joint and bone pain include chronic heart disease and high blood pressure. High cholesterol is a contributing factor as is lung disease (due to smoking and exposure to chemicals and other environmental factors).
Cancer comes in next on the list with approximately 407,558 deaths for the year of 2013 in the nation for those over the age of 65. Respiratory issues bring up the rest of the conditions that those over the age of 50 can anticipate.
Typical respiratory issues include asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema and other types of respiratory issues such as COPD. On average, the older a person becomes, the higher risk they are for such conditions. It’s important to note that respiratory issues can lead to pneumonia and other lung function issues.
It’s important for everyone over the age of 50 to monitor their health, get plenty of exercise, eat right and get plenty of rest. Thanks to modern medical technology, there is no reason that we can’t live well into our 90s or 100s. It’s just a matter of caring properly for our bodies.