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Health For Seniors

Now that you have become a senior (whenever that is, either with retirement at 65 or some people think when they reach the age of 55) it is important to not let yourself go and cast any good lifestyle habits overboard. Living the “good life” like simply sitting in a rocking chair or watching TV all day long will certainly not contribute to your health. Too many “happy hours” will make for some unhappy, unhealthy not-so-golden years! Rest is good, but even seniors need to have regular activity. In this age group it is particularly important to engage in regular physical activity, may this be line dancing, ballroom dancing, Latin dancing, gym attendance, swimming or a brisk walk; it does not matter in detail what you are doing, but it does matter that your are doing some physical activity on a regular basis. Studies have shown that there are fewer falls for seniors who exercise regularly. Their balance is better, their muscle strength is better, and their cardiovascular fitness can be as good or better than that of sessile midlife adults.

Health For Seniors

Health For Seniors

There is another important topic for seniors: bio-identical hormone replacement. You may say that you want to age naturally and don’t want to bother about hormones, as you may have heard about this and the information had been very confusing for you. I agree that Big Pharma is working very hard to confuse you; they want to sell their patented hormone concoctions, which will surely make you sick (they do not fit the hormone receptors that we were equipped with when we were born). Fact is that from age 30 and beyond we are gradually loosing hormones due to a diminishing hormone production of the various hormone glands. Women generally enter menopause between 45 and 55, while men reach male menopause (also called andropause) at the age of 55 to 65. If we do not replace the lacking hormones, we will be prone to get all of the diseases of the aging population like diabetes, arthritis, heart attacks, strokesosteoporosis, fractures, cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostate in males and breast cancer in females. This does not sound that appetizing to me. So, I started bioidentical hormone replacement at the age of 63, because my hormone tests showed the decreased levels, and my antiaging physician explained to me that I needed to replace the hormones that were missing to stay healthy. As a result of these laboratory findings I do use bioidentical hormone replacement, I also go to the gym regularly, do ballroom dancing as well and eat organic food. I am glad that I found the formula to keep me younger for longer.

Other useful links:

Eating well as you age:
Falls and Older Adults
22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging
Health Information for Older Adults
Health & You: Seniors and Swimming

Last modified: December 8, 2016

Disclaimer
This outline is only a teaching aid to patients and should stimulate you to ask the right questions when seeing your doctor. However, the responsibility of treatment stays in the hands of your doctor and you.

References


  1. Chapter 1 – "History and physical examination" Duthie: Practice of Geriatrics, 4th ed. Copyright 2007 Saunders, An Imprint of Elsevier
  2. Ferri: Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015, 1st ed. Copyright 2014 Mosby, An Imprint of Elsevier