Baby Boomers Health Concerns—–Maintaining Good Health

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Boomers Health and wellness

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.

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The Benefits And Side Effects Of Turmeric

 

Tumeric spice.
Turmeric plant

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.

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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,

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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

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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.

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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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