Nursing care

Signs of ageing are not necessarily medical conditions – and many people stay independent up until old age. Others need support as they get older, often because of a specific illness. This section provides information on illnesses that commonly occur at an advanced age. We also provide information for family and friends.

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  • Heart valve diseases

    Heart valve diseases

    When people talk about heart valve diseases, they usually mean conditions caused by damage to heart valves over time. These tend to occur in older ag...

  • Osteoarthritis of the knee

    Osteoarthritis of the knee

    Osteoarthritis of the knee typically starts with knee pain, at first only during or after movement. The risk is increased by things like being overwe...

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    It's normal for vision to gradually get worse with age. Some people also have medical conditions that further affect their vision. Age-related macula...

  • Shingles


    If you have already had chickenpox, you could get shingles later in life too. Both of these diseases are caused by the same virus. A weakened immune ...

  • Falls in older people

    Falls in older people

    There are plenty of tripping hazards in the average home, such as curled-up edges of rugs or mats, a loose cable or slippery tiles in the bathroom. B...

  • Pressure ulcers

    Pressure ulcers

    Anyone who has to sit or lie without moving for a long time is at risk of developing pressure ulcers. These wounds can be very painful and usually ta...