Ageing and Medical Conditions

As we age we are at greater risk of a number of health conditions.  Below is detail on some of the more common age related conditions.

Dementia is a condition that affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to do daily activities.  Not all people will get dementia. Some people in their 40s and 50s can have dementia but it is more likely for people above 65 years of age.

Continence: Incontinence is an accidental loss of urine from the bladder, wind or bowel motion. Lots of people have bladder or bowel problems, from a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. Incontinence can be managed and treated, and in many cases can be cured.

Heart Failure occurs when the heart muscle is too weak to pump blood throughout the body. It is a lifelong condition so you must follow your doctor’s advice very carefully even if you start to feel better. You can feel breathless, very tired, or have swollen legs, ankles and feet. Talk to your Doctor if you notice any changes including changes in your body weight.

Stroke can happen when an artery to the brain gets blocked or bursts and the blood supply to the brain stops getting through. The longer the blood supply to the brain is blocked the more damage to the brain is done and the higher the chance of dying. Seeking medical help fast is really important.

Depression/Anxiety can happen to anyone at any age. It is much more serious than feeling a bit down, stressed or worried. People suffering from depression or anxiety have extreme feelings of sadness, stress, or worry for long periods of time and often for no reason.

Lots of people experience depression or anxiety sometime in their life. Over 75% of older people do not seek help. Getting help can reduce the risk of getting depression and anxiety.

 Depression and Anxiety Fact Sheet