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Because people are living longer, more Americans are dying of diseases linked with old age. Health issues older women face include heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and injuries from falls. The medical community has been studying older women's health issues in recent years. Many older women take part in research studies, such as the Women's Health Initiative. This study included more than 150,000 postmenopausal women. This research has increased what we know about menopause, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Other research has looked into ways to prevent and treat problems such as Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
Chronic conditions, physical limitations, and the risk of many diseases and conditions all increase as women age, making preventive screening and care a key part of health care for older women.
Some of the diseases common in older women are listed below. Find your topic by first letter:
Content last updated August 12, 2010.