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Doctor insights on: Characteristics Of Old Age People

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Vision due to old age?

Vision due to old age?

Presbyopia: Most people have trouble focussing closely as they get older. Changes in vision from cataracts and/or macular degeneration are also very common. Any sudden change in vision should be evaluated promptly since all of the above occur gradually. ...Read more

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Decrease in hight with old age?

Decrease in hight with old age?

Naturally: Getting shorter occurs among all races and both sexes. Height loss is related to changes in the bones, muscles, and joints, especially the spine. People typically lose about 1 cm every 10 years after age 40. Height loss is even more rapid after age 70. You may lose a total of 1 to 3 inches in height as you age. You can help prevent loss of height by following a healthy diet and staying active. ...Read more

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What causes us to die of old age?

What causes us to die of old age?

Old Age Deaths.: Check far right side of this graph: http://www. Cdc. Gov/injury/images/lc-charts/10lc---by-age-group-2006-7_6_09-a.pdf ...Read more

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Who is considered elderly or old age?

Who is considered elderly or old age?

No strict definition: Clinically. Some studies used to have an age limit, but it was considered discriminatory. Some people are old at 40 others remain young at 80...As the song goes, young at heart. The consideration should be more "hale" or "frail" when medical decisions are involved. A lot depends on how many illnesses, medications, and organs no longer function well. Elderly sounds polite; old seems inconsiderate. ...Read more

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How exactly does a person die of old age?

How exactly does a person die of old age?

Organ failure: Typically speaking patients advanced ages but die of a specific organ failure. Before the days of advanced diagnostic testing specific cause of death may not have been known but now it is typically either heart failure, heart attack, respiratory failure or kidney failure. ...Read more

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What is the solution for ivdp for old age?

What is the solution for ivdp for old age?

Prevention is best: By 'ivdp' I assume you mean intervertebral disc prolapse, or a slipped vertebral disc. Are you talking about prevention, or to treating existing pain, even disability. Prevention includes plenty water, healthy diet, regular exercise, & (esp. RE lumbar) avoiding prolonged sitting. Treating symptoms, depending on severity, may well require visit to clinician or physical therapist. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can an ex-smoker live healthy to an old age?

Can an ex-smoker live healthy to an old age?

Yes: Statistically speaking, both non-smokers and ex smokers are likely to live to a healthier old-age than smokers. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. George burns lived to be 100. He smoked 18 cigars a day and drank. At 92 he was asked what his doctors had to say about his lifestyle. "what can they say? They are all dead! ". ...Read more

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What is the common age someone dies from "old age"?

What is the common age someone dies from "old age"?

Depends: "old age" is a relative term. What was considered very old 40 years ago is very different then now. Genetics play an important role; but life style is equally important. If you live beyond 65, you can expect to live another 10-15 years, and the longer you live, the longer you can expect to live...Avg life expectancy is now over 79 for women- ethnicity and gender also play a role in longevity. ...Read more

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Why do we die from old age? What happens to the body?

Why do we die from old age? What happens to the body?

Many possible causes: See: http://www. Cdc. Gov/injury/images/lc-charts/10lc---by-age-group-2006-7_6_09-a.pdf This graph will provide top causes of death for age 65 and above. ...Read more

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What percentage of the us population die from old age?

What percentage of the us population die from old age?

About 5%: This is just this pathologist's estimate. The diseases of extreme old age include a poorly-understood failure of the heart muscle, loss of physical strength required to breathe and protect / maintain the airway, and a mysterious unwillingness to eat that a wise caregiver respects. This is far higher than in the old days, when few people made it to age 60. ...Read more

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What percentage of american people live to see old age?

What percentage of american people live to see old age?

WHAT'S OLD TO YOU?: 80-90?
10-13% of the population is in that age group, last time I checked. And the numbers are growing.
I believe as physicians we have been able to use technology and medical advances to keep people alive longer. However, please remember that it is up to you to have quality living.
Excesses of youth will always come back to get us... ...Read more

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Why do people die of old age? What is happening to the body?

Why do people die of old age? What is happening to the body?

Senescence: Senescence refers to growing old. We're still trying to figure out what's happening as we age but it may have something to do w/telomeres & genetics. Perhaps, DNA replication errors start adding up over time. Check out http://www. Theguardian. Com/science/2008/apr/29/genetics. You can do your best to delay death by eating healthy, exercising regularly & getting enough sleep. But there's no avoiding ...Read more

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Help! I'm becoming a misanthrope in my old age! Or is that curmudgeon?

Help! I'm becoming a misanthrope in my old age! Or is that curmudgeon?

Do you hate: People and find them intolerable, wishing them ill (a misanthrope), or are you cranky, irritable, hard to please, and persnickety (a curmudgeon)? You pick. ...Read more

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What are steps that should be taken in preparing for old age and death?

What are steps that should be taken in preparing for old age and death?

Life Style Changes: Changes in lifestyle will have the biggest effect on longevity. This includes regular exercise, 8 hours of sleep, stress management, weigth management & dietary changes including increasing omega 3 oils and less of omega 6; 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day; decreased anmount of starches and sugar. High fructose corn syrup is a no, as is splenda and aspartame. Supplements are a +. ...Read more

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What happens when a person dies from 'old age'? What does that exactly mean?

What happens when a person dies from 'old age'? What does that exactly mean?

Organ failure: Typically speaking patients advanced ages but die of a specific organ failure. Before the days of advanced diagnostic testing specific cause of death may not have been known but now it is typically either heart failure, heart attack, respiratory failure or kidney failure. ...Read more

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Supposing you were to die in old age. Does mean your death was not because of illness?

Supposing you were to die in old age. Does mean your death was not because of illness?

No: In the elderly who simply become weak and die, there's often no attempt to make a diagnosis. But it can be found. Age-related cardiomyopathy (loss of contractile strength of the heart), poor physical conditioning and poor nutrition (these kill), and pneumonia from aspirating saliva are common killers. ...Read more

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I am socialy and intelectualy "rich" but cash poor and worried about my old age. What to do at 65?

I am socialy and intelectualy "rich" but cash poor and worried about my old age. What to do at 65?

Old age isn't 65!: Old age is a state of mind. Being 65 and socially and intellectually rich is a great place to be. Use those two riches to ask your true friends what they might do in your situation or if they have suggestions for what you could do knowing you. Granted, cash is necessary but security in some fashion may not come from cash but from your social and intellectual riches. Trust them! ...Read more

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Do most Americans live to old age (50+)? Is it common to die young (20-40) from a medical problem?

79 life expectancy: In the United States the average person will live to be 79 years old. Therefore, it is uncommon for someone to die at a young age although this does unfortunately happen to some people. ...Read more

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Why would epilepsy start at an old age and what causes it to?

Why would epilepsy start at an old age and what causes it to?

Actually not rare: New cases of epilepsy happen very frequently as we age. After age 65 the rate of new cases especially shoots up. Causes vary quite a lot over the different ages. Older folks have a higher incidence due to trauma, strokes, and degenerative diseases. Occasionally tumors, too. ...Read more

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What happens to my genes in old age?

What happens to my genes in old age?

Depends: Our genes are unchanged as we age, however, the gene expression may change. Actions caused by the genetic material may vary as we age. This may include the ability of our genes to fight certain diseases comon in aging like cancer.Gene regulation is extremely complex and not fully understood. We're on the brink of a better understanding and possible use of genetic medicine to treat/prevent disease. ...Read more

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How to take care of diabetes in old age?

How to take care of diabetes in old age?

Same, more cautious: Diabetes treatment in the elderly is the same as anyone else: diet/exercise, medications and Insulin if needed. We worry about low blood sugar in elderly so the dose might start out lower and titration might be slower. Depending on the age and the amount of medical problems, we might also make the diabetes goal less stringent. ...Read more

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How to improve sexual feelings in old age?

How to improve sexual feelings in old age?

Reduce stress: Sex drive varies with age, stress, and can be influenced by many diseases, medications and conditions. See: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=s1dxl-wvjzk for a review of these. A thorough review of your overall health can often give clues to changes in sex drive. ...Read more

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How can I make weakness and gait in old age better?

How can I make weakness and gait in old age better?

Many different cause: Generically, do not succumb, instead engage in vigorous aerobic exercise and even weight lifting. Evaluate possible infections, and vitamin deficiencies. Recognize that several medications may be playing a role. A physical therapist or personal trainer may well turn things around. Lastly, avoid withdrawal and becoming an invalid. ...Read more

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What is an impairment of vision due to old age called?

What is an impairment of vision due to old age called?

Macular degeneration: The most common age related loss of vision in people over 50 is age related macular degeneration. Cataracts also increase with aging and affect vision, and are the worlds most common disease of treatable/ curable blindness. ...Read more

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How long would it take a 13-year-old to die from old age today?

How long would it take a 13-year-old to die from old age today?

Life Expectancy: Currently the life expectancy for a male is 63 years and a female 68 years. This is less than their parents and completely alterable and extendable by making healthy lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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What kind of experience is it to lose your hearing due to old-age?

Gradual, high tones: It takes place gradually over several years. It begins with the high tones and progressively extends to the lower frequencies. ...Read more