The ageing population in the United States is on the edge of a longevity revolution and it is advancing rapidly. Due to increased life expectancy and the growing numbers of baby boomers, the multitude of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years.
How will this staggering statistic effect your physical and mental fitness? How are health and wellness related to ageing?
Chronic diseases exact a heavy health burden on older adults. They are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the US, resulting in more than 1.7 million people losing their lives every year.
As well, chronic illness carries a hefty economic burden. They now account for more than 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent each year on health care.
Although the risks of disease and disability clearly increase with age, diminished quality of life, overall decline, and chronic illness do not have to be the inevitable consequences of growing older. Promoting healthy lifestyles to our ageing population is critical to reducing health care costs and long-term care needs.
Great improvements in medicine, science and technology have enabled today’s older Americans to live longer and healthier lives than any previous generation. Unfortunately, many people fail to make the connection between adopting healthy behaviors today and the consequence of their choices tomorrow.
Preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. Regular checkups and screening programs can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain conditions.
Early treatment interventions, to a large extent, can reduce the impact of chronic disease and illness among older people. By developing a strategic plan, with clear objectives, and following through with the recommended preventive services of your personal care physician, you will be making strides toward a longer, healthier life.
Your body is a direct reflection of what’s going on in your mind. When you feel good about yourself and believe you’re worth the effort, leading a healthy lifestyle becomes much easier.
As you experience an increasing number of major life transformations, such as career shifts, retirement, empty nest syndrome, the death of loved ones, and physical changes you must find avenues to grow from these challenges in order to stay healthy.
If you are open to reinventing yourself, you can enjoy vigorous health as you age. Preventive measures like practicing mindfulness, healthy eating, and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and injuries. Incorporating these health regimens into your daily life provides the answer to the question, “How are health and wellness related to ageing?”
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