Baby Boomers Health Concerns—–Maintaining Good Health

Boomers Health and Wellness

Baby Boomers the age group of 50-72 is considered a “sandwich generation” who juggle caring for children and parents who are living longer, but despite the stressful situation they seem to be more motivated to live a healthy and productive and rewarding life, filled with opportunities previous generations didn’t have.

Baby boomers are ready to take life head on and whatever comes with it, joys, along with the tasks. And in order to do that they recognize the need to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Boomers main concerns are improved health, they want to lead an active life as many of them want to play an active role in the life of their grandchildren not only to see them occasionally but be able to play with them or going to the park or on walks without getting out of breath.

Many baby boomers out of the need of necessity have to work because of one reason or the other don’t have the pension plans or retirement savings of their parents’ generation. This results in working well into later years.

In a world where older folks are mingling with younger people, at the workplace or socially   boomers desire to appear younger which makes fitting in easier,

Focusing on superficial cosmetic  should not be the only area of focus  for the boomers but they should focus on  things like positive aging is the exercise

It is a noted fact that With just 30 to 40 minutes of exercise on most days of the week, you have the power to turn back the clock against age-related issues. Here are several top benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease blood sugar levels
  • Improve bone density
  • Improve strength
  • Enhance memory and cognitive functioning
  • Decrease risk for depression
  • Cut risk in half of the mobility limitations due to aging (according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society)

Some boomers are under the impression that  exercise would mean they would have to work out like they were preparing for an athletic event,

Today, fitness is more than weightlifting, jogging, or preparing for sports. It’s recognized as an essential means to a healthy life—regardless of age, gender, athletic ability, or body type.

Keeping fit in today’s world is not just for the overweight and varsity jocks, But, It’s for those such as the 29.8 percent who reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis (according to 2010 CDC data), who can become more functional through exercise.

Many boomers don’t know where to start, especially if they are coming from a sedentary lifestyle. Some are struggling with aches and pains common to aging, as well as the increased risk of health hazards like heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

It would be best as with most things affecting our health is to get your physician advice, and if it is ok, then find a gym with professional trainers and that will give you expert advice.

You can review the personal trainer biographies on the Center’s Website. Many of these trainers specialize in senior and functional training to improve daily activities.

And if your one of those who does not like exercising in public then you can search YouTube there are a lot of exercise videos for boomers they are not hard and they are very effective.

Healthy Diet

To keep healthy is not only exercising but diet is also very important  we must also consider out diet keep away from sugar as much as possible increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables lean protein   cut back on red meat salt sugar and fat

A good diet to follow is the DASH diet. The DASH ( Dietary approach to stop hypertension) was formulated to stop high blood pressure but it was found out to be very good in helping to stop or prevent a number of other diseases that often occurs as we get older.

Take Care of Yourself

The best advice is to take your life and aging into your own hands.  Be proactive. Before any of these issues crop up…or even if they already have…start the offensive.  Eat better, drink a lot of water, avoid unhealthy habits, change your unhealthy habits, work out, exercise, meditate, take vitamins and supplements.

All of these can make a huge difference in your life going forward.

Conclusion

There are so many questions about how to deal with growing old.  The boomers today are healthier and better educated than any previous generation

Today’s generation of boomers look and feel much younger than their parents did at the same age. But of all the questions that are more urgent to be answered is health and wellness, because, without health and wellness, all of the other concerns are meaningless.

Once we have passed the age of 50 some of us are dealing with one or more of these diseases:  heart disease, cancer, arthritis, cataracts, dementia, Alzheimer’s, hearing loss, strokes, liver and/or kidney failure, joint pain, back pain, migraines. dentures.

This generation outliving all previous generations, and because of this, it is opening us up for many medical issues that no generation ever faced. And this is why it is so important for us to take care of ourselves.

At all times be proactive to take all the necessary steps to keep healthy stop unhealthy habits like smoking or too much alcohol or anything that would cause a negative on your health

And remember the disease that usually affects us as we get older are heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis,  and research has shown being physically fit into your senior years will keep you healthier and active longer

I have left a link for some easy exercise from Silver Sneakers try and do these at least 3 times per week and it will do you good, as a boomer myself I can attest to that.

Fix Your Pain: Hips

Strong, pain-free hips are key to staying mobile and independent longer. Strengthen your hips with these exercises.

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The Benefits And Side Effects Of Turmeric

 

Turmeric-: Spice

In this post, I would like to take a closer look at turmeric I have dealt with  the benefits of spices

for maintaining  good health in a previous post https://healthandwellnessforboomers.com/spices-for-good-health-maintaining-good-health

I am very interested in this particular spice as I had chronic knee pain I had to be taking 500mg  of naproxen as needed up to 3 times per day.

I am now to taking 1 tablet two or three times per week and to further cause me to be more interested  in turmeric my son also developed bad knee pain and received some injections in his knees and some medication but found no relief so I gave him my turmeric tablets 3 per day and the pain got less severe until it has completely stopped.

In my research I found that turmeric has a lot of health benefits for everyone, It is a plant from the ginger family and is  grown mostly in India and Asia and some other countries like Jamaica and Haiti

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric it is ranked as a spice and in India, it is not only used in cooking but is also used as a dye.and was used by the ancient East Indians as medicine.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

The curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. Studies of this spice have shown that using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin would be very difficult to reach the levels needed for health benefits by just using the turmeric spice in your foods.

Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, you need to take a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin.

Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin.

The best curcumin supplements contain piperine, substantially increasing their effectiveness.

Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.

Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

As I was going through some information on Turmeric I found some information written by Kris Gunnars, BSc for Health line and I have shared some of them here.

Although Inflammation is incredibly important as It helps your body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing the damage.

Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over your body and kill you so acute, short-term inflammation is beneficial, but it can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Scientific studies now show that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions

Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.

Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects

It also blocks the molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB  molecule is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases

Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that not only neutralizes free radicals but also boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes

Depression and Alzheimer’s

Curcumin also helps with brain disorders like depressions and Alzheimer’s as it  can increase the protein known as BDNF and this action may cause the delaying effect or even reversing  many brain disease

Heart Disease

Curcumin may also help decreases the causes of heart disease by improving the lining of the blood vessels which is called endothelium.

Any dysfunction of the endothelial is one of the major drivers of heart disease as it involves the inability to regulate your blood pressure.

Cancer

There are also some studies that suggest that curcumin is beneficial in the treatment of cancerous growth by killing some of these cells or reducing the size of these growths,

There is a lot of good to be derived from taking turmeric and it is suggested that taking about 500 milligrams of curcuminoids a day is a good wellness dose for keeping inflammation away and promoting gut health

As with all medication it is best to stick to the prescribed dose although turmeric does not usually cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.

It has been reported that person who took very high amounts of turmeric, over 1500 mg twice daily, experienced a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm It is unclear if turmeric was the actual cause of this side effect. I would, therefore, suggest avoid taking excessively large doses of turmeric.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Consult your doctor before taking turmeric or any other non prescribed medication during Pregnancy and breast-feeding: turmeric is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. However, turmeric is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy

There is a possibility that it might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk.

Keep away from medicinal amounts of turmeric if you are pregnant. There is insufficient information to rate the safety of medicinal amounts of turmeric during breastfeeding. It is best not to use it.

Gallbladder problems:.

Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction. As turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse

Bleeding problems:

Because turmeric can slow blood clotting it is best not to take turmeric as this can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Diabetes:

Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. So be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as it might make blood sugar too low.

A stomach disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people. It might make stomach problems such as GERD worse. Do not take turmeric if it worsens symptoms of GERD.

Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which might act like the hormone estrogen. And might make hormone-sensitive conditions like breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids worse.

Some research shows that turmeric can reduce the effects of estrogen in some hormone-sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric might have beneficial effects on hormone-sensitive conditions. Until more is known, use cautiously if you have a condition that might be made worse by exposure to hormones.

Infertility:

Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.

Iron deficiency:

Turmeric should be used with caution with those who suffer from iron deficiency, Turmeric taken in high doses might prevent the absorption of iron.

Turmeric can also slow blood clotting.and can cause extra bleeding during and after surgery.

One should stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Conclusion

Turmeric and especially its most active compound cur cumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

It’s recommended to find a product with Bio-Perine (the trademarked name for piperine), which is the substance that enhances cur cumin absorption by 2,000%.

Without this substance, most of the cur cumin just passes through your digestive tract.

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Mild Cognitive Impairment vs Alzheimer–Maintaining Good Health

Anyone who is over the age of 65 years old should pay careful attention to your brain health. As we age there will be many unwanted problems with the functioning of our brain, especially when it comes to your memory and cognitive function.

Baby Boomers like myself,  have to fear the possibility of us developing dementia or Alzheimer, according to studies done 75% of us will.

The term baby boomer typically defines anyone who was born from 1946-64. Many will spend their retirements suffering from Alzheimer’s or taking care of someone who has it,

And this possibility extends to every one of us, regardless of race, wealth, education – the chances of developing brain issues like dementia are greater when you get to be over 65-70 years old.

Dementia and mild cognitive impairment are both common issues of aging. For those of us who have not to experience these symptoms, there is a possibility that there are subtle changes in their brain.

There are no known ways for preventing age-related cognitive decline. So what we need to do is determine the factors leading to this condition which are diet, exercise, and genetics.

Unless someone finds a cure, 10 million American baby boomers will develop the illness.

In older people, the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. An incurable disease, it slowly impairs your memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to care for yourself.

Researchers are investigating a variety of complementary health approaches, as well as diets, for preventing or slowing the progression of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s estimated that about 20 percent of people over the age of 70 have some symptoms of mild cognitive impairment ( MCI.)

Generally, as people age, they are more likely to develop MCI as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Before the serious  Alzheimer’s disease develops there is usually a period of MCI   this period is often considered to be an actual early stage of Alzheimer’s, although not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s.

Others consider it to be an actual early stage of Alzheimer’s, although not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s.

The definition of an MCI allows for problems in cognitive areas, such as reasoning and judgment. However, a person had to continue functioning quite well in daily life; if activities of daily living were impacted, the diagnosis would likely be, the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Causes of MCI

The cause of MCI is unknown. It does have similar risk factors as Alzheimer’s, such as age, education level, and certain brain and certain health diseases like diabetes heart disease or stroke.

Progression of MCI

Despite the fact that People with MCI are at a higher risk of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease; not everyone does.

Some studies have found  that after a diagnosis of MCI, 40 percent of people diagnosed  had their cognitive abilities returned to normal for a time, although the chances of them developing Alzheimer’s within a 5-year time frame  were greater than those who had not been diagnosed with MCI

How MCI Differs From Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease in which memory and functioning continue to significantly decline over time.

MCI refers to minor impairments in  the thought processes and memory

Because the symptoms of, MCI and the early onset of Alzheimer’s are similar, MCI is sometimes identified as the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Studies have shown changes in the brains of people with MCI that are similar to those that are present in Alzheimer’s. However, not all persons who are diagnosed with MCI continue to decline or show other symptoms of dementia, this definition seems unlikely.

MCI vs. Normal Memory Changes

As people age, it’s normal for them to experience some occasional memory gaps, such as not being able to remember, where they left their glasses or, car keys or remember someone’s name  that they haven’t seen for some time

A periodic delay in being able to access memories is also typical as we age.

What is not normal, however, is if there is a problem in the area of language, good judgment and problem-solving or when the memory loss is more than just occasional.  These concerns move people toward an MCI diagnosis,

Those of us who are experiencing normal age-related memory changes have less of a chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than those already diagnosed with MCI.

Treatment

There is no known medication approved for treatment of MCI at this time.

What is recommended is usually what is recommended for overall good health that is healthy diet physical activity brain activity and social interaction.

Should any one of us see any of these symptoms in ourselves please speak to your doctor, while it may be normal to be worried, it is very important to have an evaluation done.

As a Boomer, myself I know having an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is something that I fear and because of this, I am constantly worried should I forget something that I think I should have remembered.

It should also be remembered that an early diagnosis with treatment can slow the progression of the disease.

Conclusion

As we age it is very important that we take time to look after ourselves especially if we are caregivers to others is very important to take some time for self-care.

You cannot be effective if you have nothing to give. You cannot pour into others when you are empty.

Be careful and do not allow yourself to be burnt out, you now when you are running low.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help so you can have some time for yourself and recharge. Take care of yourself. You only have one life to live

I have left a link for some easy exercise from Silver Sneakers I do hope you like them

Today’s Challenge: Embrace N.E.A.T.

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Posted by SilverSneakers on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis–Maintaining good health

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OA or osteoarthritis is also called degenerative disease of the joints affect the joints of over 27 million Americans This chronic condition of the joints is found to commonly affects the joints in the knees but can affect any joint in the body like the lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers and the bases of the thumb and big toe.

The joints are covered by cartilage a firm rubbery material which provides a cushion between the bones and allows for a smooth surface to facilitate easy joint movement.

Cause

Genes:

It has been found that can be genetic, persons born with certain traits can make them more likely to develop OA. One such possibility is a rare defect in the body’s ability to produce collagen, the protein that makes up cartilage. Without sufficient collagen can cause osteoarthritis to occur as early as age 20.

How the bones fit together so that cartilage wears away faster than usual is another inherited defect that can cause the early onset of OA.

The gene called FAAH, previously linked to increased pain sensitivity, is found to be higher in people with knee OA than in people who don’t have the disease.

Weight:

Being overweight is also another cause of OA the extra weight  puts additional pressure on hips and knees. And carrying around  extra pounds for a long time can cause the cartilage that cushions joints to break down faster.

Research has shown there is a definite  link between being overweight and having an increased risk of osteoarthritis

Injury and overuse:

Repetitive movements or injuries to joints can have an adverse effect on the joints Athletes sometimes repeatedly damage joints, tendons, and ligaments, which can speed cartilage breakdown.

There are certain careers that can cause the cartilage to wear and tear away faster these would include any profession that requires standing for long periods of time, repetitive bending, heavy lifting or other movements.

Also, imbalance or weakness of the muscles supporting a joint can also lead to altered movement and eventual cartilage breakdown in joints.

.As the OA disease becomes worse over time, bones may break down and develop growths called spurs.

Bits of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint.causing an inflammatory process whereby and proteins and enzymes develop that further damage the cartilage.

The final stage of OA, the cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone leading to joint damage and more pain.

There is no known cure for osteoarthritis but there are some things we can do to minimize the pain improve joint movement.

 Physical Activity

Even though the thought of physical activity may be the last thing on our minds due to the pain when our joints are moving yet it is one of the most beneficial ways to manage OA. As the saying goes use it or lose it, that makes it more important to get moving.

Studies show that simple activities like walking around the neighborhood or on a treadmill or even taking a fun, easy exercise class can reduce pain and help maintain a healthy weight.

Strengthening exercises build muscles around OA-affected joints, easing the burden on those joints and reducing pain.

Range-of-motion exercise is moving your joints in a different direction and this helps to maintain and improve joint flexibility and reduce stiffness. Aerobic exercise like cycling helps to improve stamina and energy levels and also help to reduce excess weight. It is best to talk to a doctor before starting an exercise program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that everyone, including those with arthritis, get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Weight Management

Being obese adds additional stress to weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, knees, feet, and back. Losing weight can significantly help people with OA reduce pain and limit the further joint damage. for losing weight is to Eating fewer calories and increase physical activity is the basic way of losing weight.

Stretching

Slow, gentle stretching of joints may improve flexibility, lessen stiffness and reduce pain.

Pain and Anti-inflammatory Medications

There are different kinds of medications that can help in the relieving of pain in OA patients some can be bought over the counter and there are others that have to be prescribed and or administered by your doctor. They include:

  • Analgesics. called tramadol. They are available over-the-counter or by prescription.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  includes aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib they are the most commonly used drugs for inflammation and pain. They are available over-the-counter or by prescription.
  • Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids is steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates, or man-made.
  • Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medicines. They are taken by mouth or injected directly into a joint at a doctor’s office.
  • Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in joint fluid and acts as a shock absorber and lubricant. It is also made by bacteria in a lab.
  • However, in people with OA, the acid appears to break down and an injection of synthetic hyaluronic acid is given to the patient. The injections are done in a doctor’s office.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

There are also many ways and  things that Physical and occupational therapists can educate you on, like  the different method you can use to manage your pain including:

  • Ways to properly use joints
  • Heat and cold therapies
  • The range of motion and flexibility exercises
  • Assistive devices

Assistive Devices

Fortunately, there are many devices that can help with our function and mobility. These include items, such as scooters, canes, walkers, splints, shoe orthotics or helpful tools, such as jar openers, long-handled shoe horns or steering wheel grips. Many of these devices can be found at pharmacies and medical supply stores. But some items, such as custom knee braces and shoe wedges are prescribed by a doctor and are typically fitted by a physical or occupational therapist.

Natural and Alternative Therapies

Many people with OA use natural or alternative therapies to address symptoms and improve their overall well-being. These include nutritional supplements, acupuncture or acupressure, massage, relaxation techniques, and hydrotherapy, among others.

Surgery

Joint surgery can repair or replace severely damaged joints, especially hips or knees. A doctor will refer an eligible patient to an orthopedic surgeon to perform the procedure. I think this should be the last option after trying everything else but as usual, your doctor is the best person to advise you.

Positive Attitude

And remember to think and stay positive, many studies have shown that a positive outlook can boost the immune system and increase a person’s ability to handle pain.

Conclusion

In conclusion being diagnosed with osteoarthritis is not the end of the world , yes its painful and yes it can sometimes limit your mobility but we (I say we because I also have been diagnosed with OA) and I can say as a fact-light exercises and stretches is the best medicine for OA there are also natural supplements that I have taken which has helped me that is  Tumeric Curcumin but remember before adding any form of supplement to your diet it is best to consult your Doctor.

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Lateral Step with Band

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Aging with Diabetes—Maintaining Good Health

Diabetes disease can affect anyone from any walk of life. However, there are certain groups that are much more susceptible to getting the disease than others.

We are looking at some of the factors that can cause you to be of a  higher risk of developing diabetes. It is a known fact that having extra weight on your body can be the precipitating factor to getting diabetes. Some medical experts believe that having a body that is obese is an indicator of diabetes.

Having a lot of extra weight around the midsection (stomach or waist) is even more of an indication that someone is at risk for the disease. A sedentary lifestyle can also be another problematic issue that can lead to one becoming a diabetic. Aging can be another predisposing factor, starting from age 45 although people over 65 are at an increased risk. If type 2 diabetes runs in your family, there is a strong possibility that diabetic problems could be an issue in your future if you don’t lead a healthy lifestyle.

Also if you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, that could put you at future risk for developing type 2 diabetes. There are also certain ethnic groups that are at a higher risk of developing diabetes  They include people of African descents, Native Americans, Asian and Latinos.

Having high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure can also predispose you to be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. As with most major medical condition, you can do a lot to prevent it by leading a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.

 Some symptoms that come with the diabetes disease

They include Excessive: thirst One of the first symptoms of diabetes is often excessive thirst that seems unable to quench.

Hunger: You are still hungry all the time even after you have eaten.

Frequent urination: Frequent urination is often noticed because you must wake up repeatedly during the night.

Fatigue: Tiredness and fatigue, possibly severe enough to make you fall asleep unexpectedly after meals, is one of the most common symptoms of diabetes.

Sudden weight loss Rapid and/or sudden weight loss (any dramatic change in weight is a sign to visit a doctor) Get tested if you are concerned.

If diabetes is diagnosed when those symptoms first start appearing, other more serious symptoms of advanced diabetes can often be prevented or have their onset significantly delayed through diet, exercise, and proper blood sugar management.

Other  less recognizable symptoms of diabetes Often the ‘minor’ diabetes symptoms are:

Blurry vision: Blurred vision may occur because diabetes can lead to macular degeneration and eventual blindness.

Numbness: Numbness and/or tingling in the hands and feet may occur due to peripheral neuropathy, one of the diabetes symptoms, causes nerve damage in the extremities) Slow-healing wounds is another telltale  sign

Recurrent yeast infections: Recurrent or hard-to-treat yeast infections in women are another sign of impaired immune function. Dry skin: Dry or itchy skin may result from peripheral neuropathy which affects circulation and proper sweat gland function. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of a regular basis, or you recognize these symptoms in a child or relative, they may be signs of untreated diabetes.

 What happens during aging

As we age, we become aware of the visible signs of aging like our gray hairs and wrinkles, but as we age there are changes throughout the entire body. Our l metabolic rate for example — the amount of energy the body expends at rest — declines with age. It is estimated, our basal metabolism drops by 2% per decade starting as young as age 20. Some researchers believe that this decline is due almost solely to the loss of muscle mass that comes with age.

The body’s ability to process oxygen also declines with age. By some estimates, a person’s ability to process oxygen declines by 60-70% by age 65 (although the decline appears to be less in older people who exercise regularly). Poor lung function, heart function, and blood circulation is among the leading factors that are caused by aging

Aging also causes the body to gradually become less adept at taking up and using glucose from the bloodstream, this condition is known as glucose intolerance, which is the first stage of pre-diabetes and if not checked will become type 2 diabetes.

When a person is very obese the body fat interferes with the muscle ability to use insulin this condition is known as insulin intolerance the body tissues become less and less sensitive to insulin.

The aging process also causes the  mineral content of bones to decline this  process weakens the bones making them more brittle

This condition may also be related to poor nutrition, deficient calcium absorption, inactivity, and, in women, hormonal changes after menopause.

Osteoporosis is caused by brittle or abnormally porous bones and is often the cause of fractures, which can be devastating for older people.

Aging is also of the cause of the cartilage around joints tends to break down and wear away over time, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joints.

It is a noted fact, that about half of people age 65 or older have x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint.

In the United States, where people tend to eat too much of the wrong foods and exercise too little, blood pressure tends to rise with age. Poor diet, inactivity, weight gain, and a slower metabolic rate all set the stage for circulatory problems and cardiovascular disease.

Meanwhile, visual ability also diminishes. There is difficulty seeing things up close and adjusting to changes in the level of light.

The hearing may become affected as well, the ability to hear sounds in the upper frequencies or to hear distinct sounds when there is a lot of background noise may diminish.

The sense of taste may be affected as well. and certain cognitive abilities, such as spatial ability, reasoning, complex problem solving, and working memory, all tend to decline somewhat with age.

Aging causes the body cells, tissues, and blood vessels become stiff and dysfunctional but with diabetes, the process is accelerated and contribute to diabetes complications, including cardiovascular disease, eye nerve, and kidney disease.

How aging may affect diabetes control

Aging can make diabetes more difficult to control. Not only is the insulin resistance increases and glucose tolerance decreases but the attention and being able to focus on the daily task of keeping healthy like managing our blood sugar and blood pressure levels planning healthy meals as well.

Because many elderly people take multiple drugs, some of which may directly cause hypoglycemia, and some of which may interact with diabetes drugs to cause hypoglycemia.

And with the declining in age a lot of other medical problems may be present such as liver and kidney function and a lack of appetite all this is likely to impede the function of any diabetic medication as well as there may be other medication that is being taken that will work against the diabetic medication

It is therefore important to be under a doctor’s supervision and to constantly monitored by a doctor, The doctor must be made aware of all medication whether it is prescribed or over the counter as one medication can work against another.

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Counteracting the effects of aging — and diabetes

While there is no magic to keep us young, there are a number of steps you can take to counteract some of the debilitating effects of aging — and diabetes. Here are some of those steps:

Pay attention to your numbers

One important measure for ensuring health in later years is controlling blood glucose levels,  and blood pressure this will help in slowing down the effects of aging.

Stay physically active

It is important as we age we remain active as much as possible. Inactivity will cause a decrease in muscle mass, slower metabolism and decrease flexibility

Aerobic exercise, can be very beneficial if done for at least 30 minutes per day and these include running, cycling, swimming, and walking, these have shown to help lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Further, over time it increases stamina, aids in weight loss, and helps decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease these can be done in moderation.

Strength training also has numerous benefits as well. It not only helps in reducing a person’s cardiovascular risk by lowering blood pressure, aiding in weight control, and improving cholesterol levels. But by building muscle mass, strength training may also stave off the decline in energy expenditure that led to Type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Even more than aerobic exercise, strength training can increase bone density and help stave off osteoporosis. bone density decreases with age, and one in four women in the United States eventually develops osteoporosis.

Strength training is one means of slowing the disease of osteoporosis. Resistance training may not be able to reverse arthritis, but the stronger the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around a joint are, the less stress, friction, and pain there will be

Exercise can give people a sense of well-being, and it may help alleviate the depression that sometimes accompanies aging and diabetes.

Seeing improvements in the strength of arms and legs and also making everyday activities easier, whether it’s carrying groceries, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of the bathtub improve their sense of well being.

Eat Healthily

Eating a healthy diet is beneficial to everyone but as a diabetic, it is best to eat foods carbohydrates from fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and low-fat or nonfat milk. Choose healthy carbohydrates, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and low-fat milk, fish, skinless chicken and turkey fish, and eggs as part of your diabetes meal plan.

Get A good night rest

Another key to maintaining your vitality throughout life is getting a good night’s sleep. Inadequate sleep not only can lead to feeling listless and unfocused, but it can directly affect your physical health. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to insulin resistance, which can make diabetes more difficult to control and may even raise the risk of heart disease.

Mind your medicines

Take all your medications prescribed by your physician and it is best to make your doctor know if the medication is causing you some negative effect, and get regular checkups

Stay physically and mentally active

stay physically active join a gym or ride a bike or walk in the park or a treadmill dancing is a very good exercise and be mentally active join a reading club start a blog  do puzzles or find a hobby just find something to keep your mind active

Conclusion

Aging is inevitable there is no fountain of youth — there is nothing you can do to turn back the clock. However, you do have some control over how you will spend your twilight years. By doing everything you can to take care of your body and mind, you can help stave off some of the debilitating illnesses associated with age and live a full, meaningful, and energetic and independent life.

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Health And Wellness for Boomers—Maintaining Good Health

Active Aging Process

Emotions are feelings that are seen through the lens by which people view the world, and it enables one to be aware of and the ability to direct one’s feelings, this helps to create a  balance in life.

Coping with challenges and behaving in a trustworthy and respectful manner is a sign of emotional wellness, these attributes can be encouraged through peer counseling, stress management, humor, and personal histories.

Cognitive

There are many ways to stay intellectually active, this can be accomplished by challenging oneself with any activity that stimulates the brain including blogging, taking college courses, journaling, painting or joining a theater company, and with games and puzzles.

Engaging in intellectually is a proven way in keeping minds alert and interested.

Physical

Living independently until our death is a goal that is shared by many people, and physical wellness is necessary to achieve this.

The vast majority of the of the older generation prefers to continue living in their homes for as long as possible. According to by a study was done by AARP about  90 percent of adults over 65 want to remain in their current homes as they grow older.

The choices we make can help to maintain or improve health and functional ability and this includes engaging in physical activity, choosing a healthy diet with adequate nutrition, getting the adequate amount of sleep, maintaining healthy stress levels, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, making and keeping appointments for check-ups and following medical recommendations.

As we grow older, we need to put more time, effort and energy in activities meant to help us stay in shape.

Wellness programs for seniors should be focused on several issues that affect the older population, such as reduced flexibility, loss of balance, strength loss, brain health, post-rehab, and arthritis.

Aside from helping the elderly spend their time in an enjoyable manner and work on their social skills, such programs can also minimize the impact that certain age-related health concerns may have on the lives of the elderly.

Dancing, senior circuits, chair yoga, Pilates and aquatics programs are only a few amazingly relaxing activities that seniors could get involved in. Each activity may help participants unlock multiple benefits.

For instance, low-impact dancing can improve balance and strength; at the same time, Pilates classes are the main component of a fun, body-conditioning ritual designed to build muscle strength, improve flexibility, and enhance endurance in the back, hips, and legs.

Nutrition

It is important for keeping and maintaining good health that healthy eating habits are maintained but  Older patients may develop poor eating habits for many reasons. These can range from a decreased sense of smell and taste to teeth problems or depression. Older people may also have difficulty getting to a supermarket or standing long enough to cook a meal. And, although energy needs may decrease with age, the need for certain vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin D, and vitamins B6 and B12, increases after age 50.

Professional or vocational

Any work that utilizes a person’s skills while providing personal satisfaction is valuable for society as well as the individual.

Being a part of the paid and unpaid workforce means maintaining or improving skills, and helping others. Older adults can contribute to society as experienced professionals, caregiver, mentors, teachers, and volunteers. One can also partake in leisure-time vocations in the arts and through hobbies maintain vocational skills.

Social

The social interactions with family, friends, neighbors, and peers can be valuable for maintaining health.

Personal contact is beneficial for everyone who is touched, and by joining clubs, traveling, visiting friends and family, engaging in family tradition experiences like making quilts with elementary school children is very rewarding and will help in our quest for social wellness.

For many older adults, aging in a community in which they are familiar allows them to continue to live their lives as they have for decades., many older adults have a preference in maintaining connections to their communities and their friends, with whom they may lose contact should they relocate.

Remaining in their familiar communities allows them to continue their social interactions as part of their daily lives.

Since having an active social life is found to be beneficial to older adults in preventing dementia, it is therefore very important to maintain community connections and important friendships as this can contribute to better health and higher quality of life.

Spiritual

Living with a meaning and purpose driven life that is guided by personal values, is key to feelings of well-being and connection to the larger world.

Group and individual faith-based activities, personal meditation, mindful exercise like listing to uplifting and positive songs and experiencing nature can open create the opportunity for spiritual growth.

Environmental

The quality and accessibility of the environment in which an older person lives can have a significant bearing on how active they are in society. Generally, the more accessible and age-friendly an environment is, the more active older people may be.

It is also important that people surround ourselves with conditions, object and circumstances that are will influence their surrounding community positively and this will, in the end, help them to enjoy living.

Conclusion

Wellness does not only mean healthy bodies but a healthy mind body and inner peace (soul)

The meaning of wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

Maintaining a high level of wellness is very crucial in having a higher quality of life. Wellness matters. everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being.

In turn, our well-being affects our every actions and emotion. It is therefore very important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to overcome stress and reduce the risk of illness.

Being able to understand your feelings and coping with stress is important when dealing with emotional stress. It is important in these times to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner peace.

Another source of stress that can affect our well being is our financial wellness this involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses.

Finances play a vital role in our lives and not having enough money impacts health as well as our ability to  perform our daily task

Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety, and fear for most individuals.

It is important to maintain a healthy body this includes seeking care when needed. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting help when needed and all this relates to physical wellness

.Spiritual wellness is very important it allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. and knowing what you need to cope with issues that confront us in everyday life.

The goal is not only to live longer but to live healthier, happier and stronger n mind body and spirit.

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