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Health Conditions You May Experience as You Age

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As much as we might like to stay young forever, ageing is one of life’s few inevitabilities. So, you need to prepare for it accordingly. While we take notice of significant and sudden changes to our overall health and wellbeing, the majority of us neglect or ignore chronic issues that steadily worsen. This is problematic, as when you accept slight negative changes to your lifestyle, you allow them the opportunity to worsen to a point when you will eventually be in discomfort or pain. So, as soon as you start experiencing negative symptoms associated with any age-related process, it’s important that you seek help to officially identify the causes and receive treatment or practice effective management of the problem. Here are just a few common health conditions that you may find yourself experiencing as you age!

Arthritis

Arthritis most commonly affects adults over the age of 65. It is a condition in which an individual’s joints become inflamed, which can result in joint stiffness, swelling, and pain. While we may all consider ourselves familiar with this illness and how it affects people, you should also bear in mind that there are over one hundred different types of arthritis. Each can affect you in a different way and will have particular treatments or require you to carry out different coping mechanisms to relieve its symptoms. The best way to deal with osteoarthritis will differ from rheumatoid arthritis treatment. So, if you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of any form of arthritis, it’s important that you consult a professional specialist, who will be able to determine and prescribe the best form of action for you.

Sensory Impairment

 Our senses tend to deteriorate as we age. However, this is generally a slow process, so people often don’t recognise the fact that they are slowly losing the function of a given sense until it is seriously impeding their lives. This is why it’s extremely important that you keep up to date with regular sensory health checks. You should visit an optometrist for an eye test at least once every two years. This professional will be able to identify visual impairment, as well as various diseases associated with the eyes. You should also visit an audiologist if you experience even the slightest changes in your hearing. They will be able to recommend different hearing aids that can help you to rectify your hearing difficulties. There are other specialists who you can consult if you are worried about alterations to your other senses of touch, taste, and smell, but it’s generally best to go through a general doctor who will be able to refer you on to these more niche departments.

These are just two different conditions that can come to affect you as you begin to age. However, they are extremely common, so it’s best to keep an eye on them. Tackling problems sooner rather than later can help to reduce the detrimental effects that they can have on your life!

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Melissa is a young and energetic writer, a mom to a sweet little boy, and a fur-mom to two perfect pooches. Before becoming the Associate Content Director for Project Female, she was a journalist specializing in topics related to women in politics and policy affecting women.

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