In This Chapter
Detecting and managing diabetes in the elderly
Minimizing the risk of heart disease
Eating and taking medications properly
Focusing on unique eye problems of the elderly
Anticipating urinary and sexual problems
Understanding Medicare coverage
Everyone wants to live a long time, but no one wants to get old. Nevertheless, getting old is better than the alternative. Woody Allen says the one advantage of dying is that you don’t have to do jury duty. I think I would rather do jury duty.
The first issue I have to tackle in this chapter is defining elderly. Every year my definition seems to change, but I think it’s fair to talk about the age of 70 as the beginning of being elderly. Using that definition, by the year 2020, more than 20 percent of the United States population will be elderly. As much as one-fifth of that elderly population ...