~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Did you know that life expectancy in the United States is steadily increasing? And more amazingly, the fastest growing segment of the American population is the 85 and older age group! Wow!
My hubby and I live in an active 55 and older community, and we love how fit and fun our neighbors are. They hike, bike, swim, golf, play tennis and pickleball, etc. We join in, too, and have signed up to play bocce ball this fall. Bocce ball is the most popular activity by far, with hundreds of participants!
But, along with these encouraging signs, there are also challenges that aging people face. Despite advances in health care, many older people have chronic, incurable, and progressive diseases. The most widespread health conditions are arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, pneumonia, dementia, and osteoporosis. Accidents, especially falls that result in hip fractures, are also common. These medical issues often result in the need for assistance with activities of daily living.
Older adults are at increased risk of being socially isolated or lonely. They retire from jobs, children move away, and friends and spouses pass away. The grief that follows the loss of a spouse can last many years and cause anxiety, illness, and depression.
Fortunately, recent studies suggest that healthy, successful aging is achievable. Many factors, including genetics, the environment, and lifestyle choices affect how we age.
Illnesses like diabetes, congestive heart failure, and some forms of dementia can be delayed or even prevented. Even loss of muscle strength is partly preventable. And most importantly, a positive attitude seems to help overcome illness and personal loss.
What are some steps to successful aging?
- Adopt and maintain healthy habits and a positive lifestyle.
- Avoid cigarette smoking.
- Have no more than one alcoholic beverage in a 24-hour period.
- Exercise regularly with weight-bearing, aerobic, and balance activities.
- Maintain a comfortable weight.
- Enjoy hobbies and interests, particularly social activities such as dancing, Tai Chi, card games, etc.
- Strengthen relationships with family and friends.
- Engage in educational activities to challenge the mind.
- Take advantage of nearby resources such as community support and local senior centers.
Another important step to successful aging is having Bio-Touch sessions. Bio-Touch has been shown to alleviate many symptoms associated with aging, especially the negative consequences of isolation. Bio-Touch lowers stress levels and contributes to feelings of being cared for.
While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to medical protocols. Family members and friends can learn how to help each other feel better using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects.