Perhaps one of the surest signs of ageing is that sharp pain in the hips or knees, and that burning ache in the muscles and tendons around the joint. Almost like a rite of passage, you’ll know that you’ve crossed the line from middle age to your senior years when you develop difficulty with climbing stairs. And you’ll especially know it if you’ve also made a new friend: osteoarthritis.
All over the world the number of elderly people is increasing, but the good thing is, this is balanced by more medical research done to help them enjoy their retirement years and avoid age-related diseases.
Now, when it comes to illnesses, prevention is always the first line of defence, and it’ll be much cheaper than treatment. And one of the most important groups of diseases you can prevent affects your brain.
Brain-related ailments include strokes and dementia, but all of them ultimately cause you to question your sense of self and your sense of worth – if you still have enough presence of mind left.
You’re finally free. After decades of rearing children, establishing your career, and working your way up the corporate ladder, there’s nothing like retirement and an empty nest to set off on a around-the-world holiday.
Cruise vacations are a popular attraction for seniors, who see cruise ships as either a resort on the sea, or a floating hotel that brings adventures to you at each port of call.
Yet the growth of the cruise industry have been accompanied by reports of infections and epidemics on cruises, often striking either the ship crew or its elderly passengers. It can be an unpleasant experience to fall ill on a ship (imagine being quarantined to your small bunk!) and far more inconvenient if you’re a senior. But why does this happen?