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NHS finds rise in elderly suffering from chronic illnesses

Researchers have revealed that the number of people aged over 50 living with two or more chronic illnesses has risen by 10 per cent in the last decade, and is increasing the pressure on the NHS.  

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NHS finds rise in elderly suffering from chronic illnesses

Researchers have revealed that the number of people aged over 50 living with two or more chronic illnesses has risen by 10 per cent in the last decade, and is increasing the pressure on the NHS.  

Researchers have revealed that the number of people aged over 50 living with two or more chronic illnesses has risen by 10 per cent in the last decade, and is increasing the pressure on the NHS.  

Of the 15,000 people that were examined over a ten-year period, there was an increasing trend in people within the age range developing a second or third disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.

The number of those living with these health conditions has steadily increased from 31.7 per cent in 2002/03 to 43.1 per cent in 2012/13 according to findings published by the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

The findings also concluded that the proportion of older people without a chronic condition decreased over the same period from 33.9 per cent to 26.8 per cent.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti from Leicester University told the Western Daily Press: “The prevalence of multi-morbidity, where people have more than one chronic condition, in older adults is steadily increasing over time.

“The current models of care globally are based on the management of individual chronic conditions.

“However, given the increase in multi-morbidity over the past 10 years and the complex needs of these patients, clinical guidelines need to address the challenges in management in multi-morbidity and formulate best practices to guide clinical decision making for these patients.”

The news comes as more people are looking for ways to increase their independence and mobility, within the home at an older age. Those who suffer with mobility-restricting illnesses, such as arthritis, are investing in home improvements such as cheap stairlifts and other aids for everyday use and comfort.

Researchers also found that people who kept active regularly, such as taking up indoor exercise within the home, were healthier for it. 

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