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Older men's health worries are 'not being addressed'

Older men's health worries are 'not being addressed'
8th March 2012

Men are most concerned about losing their independence as they enter old age.

Researchers from the University of Montreal polled more than 2,000 men aged between 55 to 97 years old to find out if they had any hidden health concerns.

Issues involving quality of life and independence were among the biggest worries, with mobility impairments, memory loss and side-effects from medicine all securing around two-thirds of the votes.

Vision loss, hearing loss and falls ranked just slightly behind with 61 per cent, 52 per cent and 51 per cent respectively.

However, the same men said that their concerns were often not fully addressed by health practitioners, with the exception of medical side-effects.

"As older men and women's health priorities become better understood, a shift in the way health care is delivered and reimbursed will be required," explained Dr Cara Tannenbaum, the geriatrician in charge of the investigation.

The report is not the only voice calling for more support for older people.

Age UK has urged the government to build a new framework for ageing to help Britons prepare better for later life.

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