Senior Health News

Senior health news and updated senior health-related information are the subjects of this page. Some of these are really timeless, but they are worthy of repeating.

The senior health news items that you'll find on this page will be helpful in determining how you can go about achieving Senior Health Success – in a manner that benefits and suits your personal situation.

Aside from this you can click on the Success Blog for frequent additions of health, fitness and nutrition-related topics.



As reported in the AARP Bulletin July/August 2013, UnitedHealthcare and GfK Roper conducted a survey of centenarians and baby boomers.

Both groups agree on the following:

  • As they age, the hardest thing to maintain is physical health.
  • The next greatest challenge for boomers is to keep up social connections.
  • For centenarians, it is maintaining independence.



Let’s just look at these senior health news items one at a time.

Which is tougher -- maintain physical health, or pay $26,787 to a hospital in Appleton, WI for a hip replacement? Maybe you’d prefer to pay $126,157 for that same surgery in Houston, TX.

Depending on where you live, you may pay some other outrageous amount that falls between these two. Or it may exceed them.

Of course, Medicare will pay hospitals only about $14,000 for that operation.

Based on the dismal cost for health care you're faced with these days -- and the above is only one example of many -- it might just make a lot of sense to try and maintain good physical health.

You've come to the right site to find out how to best stay healthy as a senior. Please, don't hesitate to ask me your questions.

Next up is the challenge to keep and maintain social connections as an older adult.

The page titled Social Health will lead you to a more in-depth exploration of what's at stake for the baby boomer generation.

Last but not least of the items in the survey is independence.

Centenarians were the group of seniors who were interviewed for the survey.

However, concerns over losing physical independence begin much earlier for a vast number of people.

The reasons for this are many.

According to a study published by the journal BMJ in July 2013, seniors who live an unhealthy lifestyle are very likely to develop a host of problems leading to physical disability of one kind or another.

These disabilities inhibit the performance of many of their everyday activities. As these seniors advance in age, a total loss of independence may result.

And what is all this due to?

Three of the main reasons named in the study were lack of exercise, not eating nearly enough vegetables and fruits, and smoking.  

The less healthy their lifestyle habits, the more likely these older adults are to lose their independence.

The BMJ journal's senior health news release indicates certain factors characteristic for contributing to the increased risk for loss of independence.

The factors are 

  •      high body mass index (BMI)
  •      chronic conditions such as heart disease
  •      depression
  •       mental decline

The study's authors also have some good news.

"People can change their behaviors."

I agree wholeheartedly.

You will recall that the survey mentioned earlier referred to centenarians as being concerned about independence.

It seems clear to me that there is reason for concern – and an urgent need for health behavior change - at a much younger age.

If you are a baby boomer like me, you may take the opportunity TODAY to look into how you can keep your independence into old age.

Contact me with your questions. The benefit is all yours.

It's never too late for change in health behavior

P.S. I intend to keep the Senior Health News as current as possible, so watch for updates.

 


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