The elderly in America are considered to be a vulnerable population in regards to health and wellness and provision of healthcare. While this consideration may sometimes be based on assumptions related to age and wellness, or lack of, there are increased risk factors that do place a majority of this population at a higher risk for illness and injury. There are also false images correlated to age, poor health, and thoughts of decreased satisfaction of life, however in order to change that view of health of the elderly, it is important to recognize which aspects are actual risks and provide healthcare and education in order to confront and manage those risks, and to provide the highest quality of living possible for this ever increasing population.