Across our blogs, we have taken a look at a range of conditions which qualify our customers for VAT exemption. This week, we have decided to sail in a slightly different direction. We felt it will be useful to look at a range of health conditions that are common as we age but do not necessarily count for VAT exemption.
Getting older can bring many health challenges. So, it is vital to have knowledge of what to look out for and what to do. Take a read, for yourself or others around you. Learn about what to look out for, and what actions can be taken.
The first health concern we are going to look at is the rising rates of obesity in adults. Obesity is an important senior health risk factor which can lead to the development of other health issues in the elderly, and all other ages. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are three chronic conditions that impact the quality of life. It is common knowledge that the number on the scales and the risk of disease can be seen as parallel. Of the adults between 65 and 74, 36.2 percent of men and 40.7 percent of women are obese.
But, what is obesity? It is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat, diagnosed when your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher.
If you’re concerned about weight-related health problems, it is time to see a doctor about obesity management. The concerns may be about you or a loved one, which is fine. Taking action with a doctor who can evaluate your health risks and discuss your weight-loss options is the best solution.
At any age, dental and oral health is an essential part of your overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral hygiene, on the other hand, can lead to many unenjoyable issues and problems in your lifetime. Healthy teeth and gums are important for senior health. According to the CDC, 25% of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. As we age, the mouth becomes dryer and cavities are more difficult to prevent. So proper oral health care, including regular dental check-ups, should be a senior healthcare priority. It is important to be aware of the different types of dental and oral diseases.
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, is where areas of the tooth have been permanently damaged and may even have holes in them. This health issue is fairly common. They occur when bacteria, food, and acid coat your teeth and form a plaque.
Gum disease is inflammation of the gums. This problem is usually the result of plaque building up on your teeth (due to poor brushing and flossing habits).
A tooth cracking or breaking is very serious and should be addressed right away. This can result from an injury to the mouth, chewing hard foods, or grinding of the teeth. A cracked tooth can be very painful.
Sensitive teeth can be natural, as some people have thinner enamel than others. However, having sensitive teeth can also be the result of gum disease, receding gums, a cracked tooth or worn down fillings and crowns.
If you feel you are or know someone suffering from oral health issues, there are many actions to be taken. Changing daily habits is always a start as oral hygiene is a daily commitment. However, more serious concerns may require professional attention from a dentist.
What is poverty? Hunger, lack of shelter, being sick without access to help, no schooling or skills, having no job…
Almost 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than in 2012/13. 14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population – including 1.9 million pensioners. In addition to these shocking figures, it has been found that women are slightly more likely to be living in poverty than men. Similarly, single older adults are significantly more likely to live alone with fewer resources.
But, how is this related to health issues in the elderly? Poverty affects senior health in many ways. This can start with being unable to afford the correct social and medical care, and other essential senior healthcare needs.
Sometimes, how much money you or your family has isn’t something that you can control. However, there are many ways of dealing with the situation and finding support. Talk to someone about your feelings, surround yourself with people that respect you (no matter your situation). If you are worried about somebody, support them by firstly not judging or embarrassing them about their situation. There are also many charities and organisations which will provide support, including local food banks and The Salvation Army.
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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 1st July 2021 to reflect current information.