Too frequently we see articles on aging well but what’s wrong with aging healthy? Just because people are getting older doesn’t mean we are all old and sick. Many chronic illnesses happen in our 30’s and 40’s like hypertension and elevated cholesterol or diabetes. Arthritis can strike at anytime, even in childhood.
I find it disconcerting when hearing predictions an aging population will put a huge strain on healthcare, when the fact is it is only during our last 6 months of life, that truly do put a strain on healthcare. People are living longer, healthier lives due to good nutrition and adequate exercise. Today’s population takes better care of themselves because they are better educated.
It is a fact that there are more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 14. The fastest growing segment of the population is the over 90 group and those over the age of 100 has increased by 43.9% since 2011. Many live alone either by choice or chance as outlined in my book.
Arriving almost daily on the market are medical devices worn like watches that can monitor many or our key functions and report back to loved ones and doctors when something is amiss. Of course they can be pricey but considering the peace of mind they can give, maybe a life-saver for some.
Technological advances are playing a key role in our lives. As Boomers age, they are already tech savvy so will welcome new devices as they come on the market helping them to age healthy.