- Turing 60 is a milestone and means you’re entering your golden years, but some people begin to experience more health problems at this age.
- Those over 60-years old should pay attention to a variety of health concerns, including their oral health, heart disease, cognitive abilities, and arthritis.
- While your chances of developing certain conditions increase with age, there are measures you can take to stay healthy and spot symptoms early.
Welcome to your 60s! Your golden years are ahead of you. Perhaps you’re planning to retire soon and looking forward to more time to do whatever you want — traveling, visiting grandchildren, or picking up a hobby or two. Research shows you’re more likely to be happier in your 60s than you were in your 50s.
However, turning 60 can also be a wake-up call in terms of health. There are several health problems that people commonly experience around this age. Keep reading to learn how to spot and treat them — plus, how to avoid them when possible. Aging is inevitable, but poor health doesn’t have to be.
Cavities aren’t just for kids. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 1 in 5 seniors have untreated tooth decay and about 2 in 3 have gum disease. The source says dry mouth is a common cause of cavities for those over 65 because older Americans are more likely to take multiple over-the-counter and prescription medications.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dry mouth is a side effect of over 500 medications. So, it’s important to stay on top of your oral health in your 60s. At your regular dental checkup, mention any medications you take. To help combat dry mouth, the ADA also recommends drinking more water, chewing sugar-free gum, and avoiding coffee and alcohol.