What is your main health concern as you get older?

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As we get older, it is only natural to start worrying about our health and many of us have a range of health concerns, and issues that cross our minds.

Research indicates that staying physically active can help prevent or delay certain diseases, including some cancers, heart disease and diabetes, and also relieve depression and improve mood, and the good news is that we can expect to live longer than ever before.

Below is a list of the top ten health concerns for older people … which concerns you the most?  If there is something else which isn’t on our list, please feel free to comment below …

What is your main health concern as you get older?

Aching joints
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Losing brain capacity
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Poorer vision/eyes
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Unhealthy heart
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Reduced hearing
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Emerging cancers
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Weaker bones
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Rising cholesterol
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Developing diabetes
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Lower energy levels
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Based on 2343 public votes.

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jobubblejack
25th Nov 2016
0
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Had bowel cancer 10 years ago got over that .now worry about altimetry. Sometimes know what I want to say but the word won't come out
Barton babe
25th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I always say when ask how are you, would you like to know what's right with me, it saves so much time.
annggel
22nd Nov 2016
0
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My eyes and teeth, my bones and brain - still only a baby silversurfer, but these issues seem to start to become more noticeable all of a sudden.
You choose appropriate food/activities almost to lessen any detrimental effect, or repercussion on your body.
Hey ho, you only live once and I still will try anything new for excitement!
Georgie Girl
11th Nov 2016
0
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I was surprised to see vision having a low concern score. I have glaucoma and other eye problems, the very thought of ever losing my sight sends me in to severe anxiety and I would rather die than this happen. Also from experience I never want to have to go into a hospital again, I have witnessed so much incompetence it is terrifying.
Cazann
11th Nov 2016
0
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I watched and cared for both my parent who had Alzheimer's/Dementia, they both passed this year within months of each other its a soul destroying disease that robbed both there memories of the wonderful parents, people...humans they were and the glorious, amazing, happy and loving people they had become.
50plus
4th Nov 2016
0
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Dear All

All of the above debilitating conditions are a concern to me, and since watching both my parents struggle through their later years, i have done a lot of research into how to avoid various conditions. I have found lots of fascinating evidence that concludes, that the more active you are as we age and making the right food choices has a massive bearing on your ability to enjoy later life into and through retirement.

John A Edmondson
LittleMinx
16th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Nothing worse than losing your memories, your whole being lives on memories. Alzheimer's is my worst nightmare.
Thank goodness for sites like Silver Surfers, I was a complete recluse . Just started to chat with a few interesting people.
Jokes are good too, it is good to laugh.
Wilf
16th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Yes I agree its a good site with a lot of friendly people who come up with some very interesting topics. i have to say the photographs posted on here are amazing as well
Ariadne
15th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Getting old ,means that most of us will develop a disease or
two, and may just be left to cope with it ,because, we are old.
But. remember..
Growing old is compulsory,
Growing up is optional
I read and do cross words to keep the brain working.
I go out , somewhere, anywhere .most days, driving
.
Wilf
15th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I think we all start to get aches and pains as we get older. Its just one of those things as our bodies wear down. Bit like older cars. We just need to take care of ourselves!
Picture Frames
14th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Alzheimers is my dread disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is my current battle.
Arewen
14th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Dementia. The most of cruellest of disease.
MrsPat
25th Sep 2016
3
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I am worried about quite a few of them but loosing my memory has got to be the worst-dementia. I know a few older folk who have had it and its terrible for their family. At least with some of the other ailments its not so distressing for the family and they are maybe curable but at least can be held in check
Corey
24th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
As I've got older my body complains from time to time, same as everyone. My Mum developed dementia in her later years so naturally I'm concerned as to whether I or my brother will suffer from it.
joyindecgmailcom
23rd Sep 2016
2
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Decreased mobility. Changes all aspects of ones life
Granny G
20th Sep 2016
3
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Osteoporosis ----- which unfortunately I already have. It really is a horrible,painful disease. I have already suffered NonHodgkins Lymphoma,had a heart attack, but this is just as ,the saying goes "The Pits". Too strong painkillers which are needed make me so sick,so just have to try to live with things.NOT EASY. Moan for the day over!!
shortyshah
22nd Aug 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Dementia. .I consider this worse than cancer having seen my father who is living through both.
The family is totally helpless,knowing it will get worse day by day and in then end he will not know his own family with whom he has spent majority of his life with.
sonny
19th Aug 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I think Prostate problems for men are great concern as they get older.Be prostate aware it could save your life
madmax
19th Aug 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
It seems that every day I have a pain in another joint.
Tbiytc65
16th Aug 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I have pulmonary fibrosis diagnosed 2yrs ago, been given 2-5yrs survival. My fear is having to struggle to breathe and being left on my own to depart.
seanole
14th Aug 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Suffer from sciatica and now developing what feels like cartaligevery dam ageism a concern. Doc says cycling helps. Bit difficult to explain when cycling is my main honby riding an average of 80 miles a week. Where do I go from here?
backpacker
9th Aug 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I am now the main carer for my very elderly parents whi still live in their own home. My 95 year old mother has dementia, and my father who is 97 helps to care for her but he is almost blind, deaf in one ear, and is now really frail having lost 3st in weight and 5" in height in the last two years! He says he has lived too long and just want an end to his life as it now has no quality.

This is my greatest fear - either getting dementia, or living too long, losing my sight or hearing and not being able to enjoy all the things I used to, but no longer, take for granted - driving, reading, listening to music etc, etc
Delia
5th Aug 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I have always been worried about having dentures ever since I was a child luckily I don't have any yet!
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I had but I cant wear them I chook with them in and eating was bad so I don't wear them I still have all my front and side its the big ones that are gone
silversurfer21
31st Jul 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I can be told something turn around and forgotten already,going to a bar to make an order and forgotten again. Not good.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
same here but it coffee making I'm on strong meds but now my wife makes all things for me as disabled love her to bits she's my world P.S I must tell her one thing person i take for granted
joanairey
24th Jul 2016
2
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I worry about loss of mobility and the possibility of falling over in the street.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I have had mobility problems since I was 17 I damaged my back falling down stairs with a pig I was a butcher now I'm disabled since I was 34 due to 2 flat discs and have morphine daily so I hope all of you can keep mobile and safe for as long as possible you can all laugh at my fall I do its good to laugh
pauline smith
24th Jul 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
yes I do worry about dementia, very much and would love to offer myself for trials on cures for this horrible thing.
SGlen
19th Jul 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Since having a lung op four years ago, everything seems to have hit me at once. This is most likely caused by not being able to be as active as I was while working and because aching joints and breathing difficulties put me off exercising to any great degree. My main concern also stems from post-operative deterioration of my brain from anaesthetic, which seems to be a 'thing' these days. I do believe, though, that regular brain activities help: things like music, reading, puzzles, and the like should be a factor in keeping my mind active.
JCW100
16th Mar 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
On the bright side, i provide an orthopedic consultant, with gainful employment, think by now, i must have paid for a good portion of his second home.
Fiona b
6th Mar 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
Working within a nursing home I see on a daily basis what dementia and other mental health problems do to people in their older years it's awful. I think if I got diagnosed with early dementia then I wouldn't want to be here. Losing part of who you were and what you were very sad
Daffy
3rd Mar 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I think as long as I keep my brain function other ailments will be something I will be stronger at facing. Dementia for all of us I believe is the most difficult for us to come to terms with
Jeff.C
28th Feb 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
My concern is will there be anything left of our UK NHS when this Tory government has finished doing everything it can to destroy this Great British institution
scandiman
28th Feb 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
My concern would be whether my ailment was 1. correctly diagnosed, 2. diagnosed in time and 3. that treatment would not depend on cost. In UK the accent too often is on the young. It seems to me that, once you pass 50 you are invisible. There is little respect for the elderly, who are seen as a nuisance.
Fethard boy
28th Feb 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Watching a dear relative in the early days of dementia, and seeing the loss of a once sparkling intellect.
Somersetrose
26th Feb 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I am 60. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for the past 22 years, but also on other medication for diabetics some new drugs. I also have had 2 strokes, and many TIA's, also have Sleep Apnoea and need a CPAP machine at night, and due to arthritis and Spinal Stenosis my mobility is affected, and heart disease. My last stroke showed that over 50% of my opposite carotid artery is blocked up, so could result in another stroke. My stroke has left me with a definite reduction in brain power and functioning which I find very worrying as I don't want to be a responsibility for my children, or result in losing everything by having to go into care early. My parents died in their 50's, and one of my brothers of a heart attack aged 42. I thank God for every day, and try to stay as active as I can, and try to take care of my health as much as possible.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
hell keep strong bud they always say someone is worse of than you and you have a lot more to put up with than me hope you have many years yet and pain free have a mate on cpap noisy machine
Bems
26th Feb 2016
7
Thanks for voting!
I feel if I knew I was losing my ability to think and reason well it would cause me to worry that if I had a physical illness I would not be able to manage it myself or understand the complexities of treatment.
I think dementia is such a cruel way to finish your days. Hats off to all those that deal with it and their carers.
Lalage
24th Feb 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
It terrifies me as it is already happening. . . . .
mercury
17th Feb 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Dying comes pretty high on my list.
LanceFogg
1st Feb 2016
3
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My biggest concern is my weight. Having been pretty active in my earlier life I now find it difficult to lose weight. I should be a couple of stones (say, 25lb) lighter but it's proving very difficult to lose it. Part of the problem is that I suffer from sciatica due to some prolapsed discs and it's difficult and painful to undertake sufficient exercise. The other part of the problem is that I like my food.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I have the same problem damaged discs and I cant exercise I ran 19 miles a day for years was 9 stone now I'm 53 disabled I can walk but not far and always on a stick and morphine I cant exercise at all and am 15 1/2 stone hate it but its life I suppose
Pussk2
28th Jan 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I try not to worry about my health. I have had Type 2 Diabetes for approximately 15 years, have retinopathy, have had gall stones and gall bladder removed and was then diagnosed with a fatty liver. That was it. The motivation I needed to lose 3 1/2 stones with Slimming World. I still have Type 2 Diabetes but it is much improved and well under control. My father died at age 60 from a heart condition but my mother lived until she was 88. I am happy to be here and just make the most of every day.
Trampas1955
26th Jan 2016
7
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Turned 60 last June and found out I had leukemia. Bloody hell I was looking forward to retiring. Alls not lost though. Cancer in remission but still a shock as I've enjoyed good health all my adult life. Not a twinge. You never know what's round the corner.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
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so hope it don't come back I lost my best friend at 13 years old 40 years ago so glad its got more chance of a cure now hope you stay clear
john stewart
24th Jan 2016
5
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the process of dieing i find horrendesh.Do my best to avoid it
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
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dying is not my problem the pain if there is going to be, does. when I go I know my mate and family will be waiting for me
JohnHerb
25th Jan 2016
2
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yes at all costs!!!
Munsterlander
19th Jan 2016
4
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I worry most of all about cancer as there seem to be many people getting it-lots of famous people as well like David Bowie and Lemmy in the past few weeks
shunter
14th Jan 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
As I already have had three stents fitted into my heart plus a quadruple by-pass graft-- Had Renal stones removed-- Undergone Spinal surgery- to rectify the problems caused by
the stone shattering experience--- I was asked by my GP as she informed me I had been diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic-- "What do you intend doing about It"-- I replied "Put it on the shelf with all the rest of it"--------- Fun Growing older 'Aint it---??
Minimuppet
10th Jan 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
I think losing brain capacity must be terrible. I am very lucky, thank God, in that I have no major problems with any of the things mentioned, save that I have had diabetes for 10 years. I take pills, go for my eye checkups and try to eat regularly, but other than that to be honest I ignore it. It will not rule my life. I try to keep my brain buzzing along by quizzes and keeping active. But I believe the best way is to have regular contact with younger people, to join in their activities and discussions. I rent a room in my home in Tunisia to a young girl student and we discuss life generally, go out together sometimes without invading each other's life. I am sure this is what keeps me jogging along.
MrsH.
8th Jan 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
As I already have many of the health problems mentioned in the List, I can only say that I'd prefer not to deteriorate any more, although I know already, that is too much to ask. I worked with people (when I used to work), who had brain injury, diseases, or illnesses, so my greatest fear is of losing my mind. Being unable to function, protect my own dignity, feed myself, and generally take care of myself, is my biggest fear. Being out of control with speech & behaviours, it terrifies me to think that could be me. So, I shall remain wary of any changes in this area, and try to maintain my health conditions, as they are.
Pam1960
8th Jan 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
I want to stay as healthy as possible however losing my eyesight would be the worst thing I can imagine. My father is in his 90's and has very limited vision. This has impacted on his quality of life which has been reduced. He used to play golf which he cannot do, reading, tv, computers. He attends a club for the elderly where they play bingo which he cannot do as he cannot see the numbers, speakers attend the club and have a slide show, he can hear but it isn't quite the same. As a lover of books I cannot imagine not being able to read again. All illnesses have an impact in later life but to me losing my sight would be the worst
Kes
4th Jan 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
So many things that you could worry yourself sick about (pardon the pun) so I try to live as healthy a life as I can, and I will deal with health issues if and when they arise. One thing that had affected my life for some time years, was a very arthritic knee joint which has now been sorted by having a total knee replacement. This has enabled me to be a lot more active and improved my quality of life in so many ways. I'm fitter, slimmer, sleep brilliantly well, and am definately a lot more sociable and cheerful, so my family tell me.
Lillegirl
9th Nov 2015
4
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At the age of 63, I have recently been diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, which has led to Giant Cell Arteritis! It is the lack of knowledge and comprehensive information amongst the medical profession that concerns me. I have joined a forum for this and amongst the comments and advice comes very strongly that the knowledge is not there, even when referred to the Rheumatology Dept. at local hospital, mainly because it is a cross over complaint with Vasculitis! The average age for this complaint is 72 yrs, although there are now people being diagnosed in there 50s. This is a totally selfish opinion, however, many of the concerns in your list are general complaint of this condition.
seaslave
9th Nov 2015
10
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My main worry is not being taken seriously by the GP. I'm not a sickly person and maybe visit once a year if I really feel the necessity. But I find every time I am fobbed off as being neurotic and that my needs are worthless an a waste of his time. I work for the NHS and if I treat my patients like they treated me, I'd get reported. It's been 18 months since my last visit and to be honest I'm scared to go, for the fear of it happening again.
HJR58
9th Nov 2015
8
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A1caravanflyer
9th Nov 2015
3
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I've scored 7 out of 10, but can't stop to worry about it, got to keep going, but creaking gate springs to mind. ☺Thats the best tonic, and the one that goes with gin.
Wilf
9th Nov 2015
5
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Dementia worries me-we don't have a family history of it but seen other friends have it and its a very sad condition and seems to be growing as so many of us live to a ripe old age.
RetiredJohnB
8th Nov 2015
11
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One of my biggest problems is "Rampant Hypochondria".
Every ache/pain becomes serious.
Pictures54
7th Nov 2015
7
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Whether I will become 'invisable', and a burden. I believe it is the most worrying aspect of getting older. Also I believe the NHS and other services will not be able to cope with an increasingly older population.
celtwitch
7th Nov 2015
11
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I'm very much alone in the world, so dementia or a stroke would be devastating for me as there would be no-one around to care for me.
It would be hell on earth if I was struck down with a disabling condition and found myself in a care home being handled roughly , or even abused, by people on minimum wage who couldn't care less.
Baxi
9th Nov 2015
4
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I sympathise with you. It's a very worrying prospect. My mother in law is in a care home and I can't speak highly enough of the staff and the lovely, respectful way they treat her. I have another friend who is in a wheelchair and needs constant help and her carers are really lovely. Only the nasty, abusive stories get into the press unfortunately.
mamgu2
17th Nov 2015
3
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If you don't have any funds and live in a poor area,, then Care Homes can be a very scary prospect. Being in this position, I've already made the decision to try and stay at home and suffer in silence if the time.ever came and I could manage it.
RetiredJohnB
8th Nov 2015
7
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Are you alone by choice or circumstance? You might be amazed how many people are out there willing to help.
My social circle has expanded tremendously since I retired earlier this year.
It doesn't need to be Lunch Clubs, if the thought horrifies you, there are other ways of socialising.
Don't lock yourself away.

Best of luck.
David Andrew
6th Nov 2015
11
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My biggest health concern is trying to get an appointment to see a GP. There are more and more advertisements urging us to seek advice if we detect initial symptoms; whilst at the same time it is difficult to get to see a GP - impossible to see the same one to get continuity of care.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
1
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true I have said for years you have to book up to die as there's a 3 week list in Middlesbrough I hate drs half don't speak English I can understand only one I like is dr ali I can joke and have fun and he is kind
Shirleygherkin
9th Nov 2015
6
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You're so right about continuity of care which used to involve proper follow up care from your GP. It is very difficult now to receive the personal care that is required due to larger numbers of people requiring treatment. The family Doctor of old is no longer available and GP surgeries are now so impersonal.
JohnHerb
6th Nov 2015
7
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I am most concerned about cancer especially now we are all growing to an older age apparently 50% of us will get some form of cancer in our lives. I also worry about heart issues. Not really concerned about the other possible medical issues as I just think they come with old age and we should be glad we have reached these ages and accept it.

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