Most Common Health Issue

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Physical Activity and Nutrition

Stay active to prevent diseases and improve mood. Find exercise programs at local centers. Eat nutrient-rich foods and avoid empty calories.

Overweight and Obesity

Obesity increases risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and more. Get guidance from the National Institutes of Health.


Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Quitting with physician support improves success rates, says CDC.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects seniors too. Mixing medications, alcohol, and self-medication can have serious health consequences. Medical professionals should address this issue with seniors.


Seniors are at risk for AIDS, yet the problem is often unrecognized. Stereotypes, lack of research, and prevention efforts contribute to this issue.

Mental Health

Dementia is not a normal part of aging and can have various causes. Depression is a common mental health issue among the elderly, with higher suicide rates in elderly white men.

Injury and Violence

Falls are a major cause of injury and death among seniors. Strategies to reduce falls include exercise, medication review, and home modifications. Fire prevention and home security are also important.

Environmental Quality

Pollution disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities, including elderly populations near the poverty threshold. Environmental risks are a concern for these groups.


Influenza and pneumonia are leading causes of death in older adults. Vaccination efforts have helped, but pneumonia remains a serious concern, particularly for women and the elderly.

Access to Health Care

URMC provides comprehensive healthcare services for seniors, including geriatric specialists. Convenient access to healthcare is available at multiple locations, ensuring quality care for older adults.