Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 through 1964 – will live longer than any other generation before them, but they will not necessarily be healthier. In fact, many are already burdened with more chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes than their parents and grandparents were. Most of these health problems are lifestyle-related and could be prevented through changes in diet, exercise and weight management, but for some reason these messages seem hard to get across.
Seniors who suffer from chronic health conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease often develop a host of other, seemingly unrelated health issues, including cognitive impairment like memory loss and dementia, according to a new study based on data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics. Prior studies have also suggested a link between vascular disease and dementia. Although the causes of age-related mental decline are not yet fully understood, focusing on vascular problems may be a step in the right direction.
What is a guy to do when he starts feeling his age? What if he’s less energetic, less playful, less romantically inclined than he used to be? Could the reason be low testosterone, or “low T,” as the abbreviation goes? If so, can hormone therapy, or more specifically testosterone replacement therapy, bring some of that lost mojo back? Studies show that age-related loss of energy and vigor may have other causes than hormonal changes, and that hormone treatment may not always produce the advertised results.
One of the most feared health problems the aging Baby Boomer generation will face is dementia. And it won’t just affect those suffering from mental decline but also those who care for them and society at large, at least in financial terms. A new study predicts that healthcare costs in connection with age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, will soon surpass almost all other medical expenses, including for heart disease and cancer, two of today’s leading causes of death.
Wellness has many components and all must get their share of attention. Good nutrition, regular exercise, weight management as well as avoidance of smoking and alcohol and drug abuse are at the core. But so are stress management and getting enough sleep. Our emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs must be cared for. Not all areas will always be at peak performance. But what we can’t do is neglecting or sacrificing entire segments of our wellbeing because, sooner or later, it will affect the whole person.