Your quality of life doesn’t necessarily decrease in your 80s.
Contrary to what many think, people’s happiness generally increases after their 40s and, according to one study, some people report being at their happiest at age 98. So though women in their 80s might be more at risk for heart problems or osteoporosis and other bone conditions, their quality of life doesn’t necessarily always decrease.
In addition to heart and bone problems faced by 70-somethings, people in their 80s are at a higher risk for falls, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, hearing and vision loss, dizziness, muscle weakness, a weaker immune system, and bladder problems or other urologic changes, according to Front Public Health.
According to a 2008 to 2012 Census study, 73 percent of Americans over 85 experienced difficulty walking, and mobile disabilities can often contribute to depression and risk of injury or death from falls.
Rates of dementia and deaths from Alzheimer’s disease also increase with age. Though medications for dementia are only “marginally effective,” Front Public Health noted, older adults still might benefit from being screened so that they can give up or change their driving habits when necessary and live more safely at home.