Baby Boomers are getting older, living longer but with growing rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Not exactly the picture of enjoying a healthy, vibrant future for those in their silver or golden years. In fact, those turning 65 today “are more likely to live longer than their parents and grandparents, and much more likely to live sicker for a longer period of time,” commented Dr. Rhonda Randall, a senior adviser to the not-for-profit United Health Foundation which commissioned America’s Health Rankings® Senior Edition: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities.
This research confirmed that a serious health care crisis is brewing and vital for implementing strategies especially now since America’s senior population will grow by more than 50 percent in the next 15 years.
America’s Health Rankings has tracked the health of the nation for the past 23 years, offering insights into American health as well as state-by-state. The 2012 report suggests Americans are struggling to change unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and obesity, at the root of many health problems but challenging to get needed results. Read the rest of this entry »
Unless you’re younger than 21 and eagerly awaiting that milestone birthday, those on the other side of that marker are likely fervently embracing ways to slow down the aging process. For good reason and far beyond the superficial telltale wrinkles–slowing the aging process supports health, sustains a higher quality of well-being and lifespan.
Yet, as throngs of Baby Boomers are becoming senior citizens, some scientists are predicting a “global aging crisis” and recommend accelerating medical research and focusing more on late-life aging-intervention therapies. The drastic rise in the aging population with predictions for even more afflicted with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer, has serious implications for personal health and healthcare systems. Biogerontologists warn that the social and medical costs of the biological aging process are high and will rise rapidly in coming decades, creating an enormous challenge to societies worldwide.
Is there a way to avert this potential crisis in both health and healthcare? Fortunately, scientists also believe that with nutritional and medical advances, people can improve their health destinies. Therapies should be directed at slowing or reversing aging damage, which is defined as a “progressive lifelong accumulation of deleterious changes in the structure of the body at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels.” Read the rest of this entry »