Information on Chronic Disease
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 89% of Canadian seniors had at least one chronic condition in a 2009 survey. Unlike acute conditions, chronic diseases cause recurrent and persistent health issues over a prolonged period of time. Some of the most common chronic illnesses in seniors are rheumatoid arthritis (affecting 44% of seniors), osteoarthritis (affecting 85% of seniors) and cardiovascular disease (affecting 23% of seniors).
Many of the most common chronic illnesses associated with aging were unmanageable for the grandparents of our seniors. The good news is, however, that most chronic diseases can be managed through lifestyle adjustments and medication.
There are a lot of great resources out there about some of the most common chronic diseases that our elderly face and organizations that offer support for those managing chronic disease.
Arthritis and Osteoporosis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Heart Disease and Stroke