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Conditions and illnesses

Information and advice about illnesses that affect people in later life, such as dementia, osteoporosis and hearing loss.

  • Dementia

    Find out about dementia symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Eye health

    Vision problems can lead to a higher risk of falls, driving accidents, and incorrect use of medications.
  • Hearing loss

    Around 40% of people over 50 in the UK have some form of hearing loss.
  • Incontinence

    People of all ages can have a problem controlling their bladder or bowel, and this can have a real impact on their daily lives.
  • Osteoporosis

    There are more than 300,000 fractures every year due to osteoporosis.
  • Depression & anxiety

    Having depression or anxiety is like a physical health condition, and it can be successfully treated.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

    UTIs can be painful and uncomfortable. Find out more about the symptoms and how to treat them.
  • Arthritis

    Arthritis is a common condition causing pain in a joint, but there are things you can do to ease the symptoms.
  • Diabetes

    Around 1 in 7 older people have diabetes. Find out how to reduce the risk of it here.
  • High blood pressure

    It can be hard to know if you have high blood pressure, so if you're worried speak to your doctor.
  • Influenza (flu)

    If you're over 65 you can have the flu vaccine to protect you from the infectious virus.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

    For some the seasons can really affect their mood find out how and what you can do to help

Tips to feel your best this winter

From getting the flu jab to keeping our spirits up, there's lots we can do to stay healthy and happy through winter. 

Read our tips

Find out more about flu

Find out what Age UK does in your area

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Diabetes UK gives advice

Julie Banks speaks to Tracy Kelly who is Head of Care at Diabetes UK and offers advice for people who are managing the condition.

For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
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