What You Should Know About Growing Older

Growing Older

Bart Astor / Next Avenue

The current trend for older adults shows that this population is living longer and healthier than ever before in history leading to drastic growth in this sector. As we age it is important to think of ourselves as a whole and strive for fulfillment in numerous areas: emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, spiritually.

Getting Help and Support

There are many types of programs and services, both public and private, designed to ease the burden and allow for successful aging, such as programs for employment, housing, income maintenance, medical care, and social services.

Health Related Issues

The majority of older adults have multiple chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis; this heightens an individual’s risk for complications. It can be helpful to reduce the risk of complications by:

  • Fully understanding treatment options
  • Determining treatment outcomes that are important
  • Speaking up immediately if you have complications
  • Voicing concerns if a treatment plan is too complicated to manage