One of the biggest challenges that an aging population faces is a health care system directed toward single-condition diagnosis and treatment. This is a natural development of a younger population that tends to have 1 disease at a time. Treatment is based on clearing up that problem, returning the patient to regular health, and then if necessary, treating the next issue that arises. As life expectancy grows, the possibility of a patient having several unrelated conditions also grows. This complicates treatment, since the physician must now balance treatment options against each other, as well as the conditions. Even a single geriatric condition may impact independence and ability to function, so management of multiple conditions requires care and experience.
Affecting almost half of all Americans over 65, arthritis is perhaps the most common geriatric ailment, causing aches, pains, and interfering with the quality of life. Though the symptoms of arthritis discourage movement and activity, continuing to be active often is the best self-treatment option for the arthritis patient. The 2 main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis — a breakdown of cartilage — and rheumatoid arthritis — a disorder that targets joint linings.
While all common diseases may affect seniors, some more commonly affect those approaching retirement age.
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