The number of men with haemophilia facing major health issues as they age is growing. As treatments have improved, men are now living longer and as a result are facing complex health issues that the community has not had to deal with previously. Even some men in their 30s and 40s are dealing with chronic health problems usually not seen in the wider population until much later in life. It’s absolutely critical we do as much as we can to help this group in our community.
The life expectancy of people with haemophilia in developed countries has increased from 7.8 years in 1939 to over 70 years today. But, as a result, there is an emerging larger group of men ageing and facing challenges that we have not seen before. Coupled with this is the fact that some men with haemophilia start dealing with the effects of ageing much earlier than others in the population.
Most face complex health problems in addition to their haemophilia, including:
• joint damage from arthritis
• complications from clotting factor treatment
• chronic pain
• complex issues due to long term hepatitis C from contaminated blood products
• multiple other health conditions similar to the ageing population in the general community such as heart disease, cancer, kidney failure and osteoporosis
Men ageing with haemophilia are reaching out for our help and we are listening. They have told us they need help and support so they can learn better ways of taking care of themselves holistically — both physically and emotionally.
We must ensure that all people ageing with haemophilia have access to information, support and connection to peers to give them the strength to deal with the daily physical and emotional challenges at all stages of their life.
Your gift today to support the work of HFA will help men with haemophilia gain control over their health and wellbeing so they can live positive, independent and fulfilling lives, no matter what their age.
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Date last reviewed: 10/05/2017