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1. Physical activity and nutrition. Eating habits are often neglected if you live and eat alone.? Eat nutritious foods and avoid sweets. Physical activity can help prevent or delay diseases.

2. Overweight/Obesity.Being overweight increases your chances of hypertension, disease, stroke, disease, arthritis respiratory problems and also cancers

3. Tobacco. Tobacco is the greatest preventable cause of illness and premature death in the U.S.

4. Substance Abuse. Substance abuse is not just drugs and alcohol, but also ?self-medication?. Seniors may often mix medications and also use alcohol as a ?chaser?.

5. HIV/AIDS.Up to 15% of AIDS cases in the U.S. occur in seniors over age 50.

6. Mental Health. Dementia is not a part of aging. The most common late-in-life mental health condition is depression. The rate of suicide is higher for elderly white men than for any other age group.

7. Injury and Violence. One in every three seniors over 65 fall each year. People aged 65 and older are twice as likely to die in a home fire. Better home security and living space modifications and can help reduce injury.

8. Environmental Quality. Low-income, racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in areas where they face environmental risks. ?A higher proportion of elderly are living just over the poverty threshold.

9. Immunization.? Pneumonia remains one of the most serious infections, especially among women and the very old.

10. Access to Health Care.? Many seniors don’t monitor their health and a shortage of geriatric physicians has been noted nationwide. ?An affordable and effective solution is to employ the services of a Professional Home Care Nurse/Caregiver from Specialty Care Services, who can provide assistance and care for Seniors in a home environment.

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