Aging is a natural process that occurs as an individual goes through life. Over time, the body goes through natural changes such as thinning or graying hair, declining senses or decreased function in bodily organs and normal wear and tear on joints and muscles.
Around the world, people are living longer, making proactive and preventative healthcare, such as chiropractic, critical to not only living longer, but enjoying the later years in good health.
Longer Lifespans and the Baby Boomers
According to the 2012 Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.7 years. Incredibly, that's nearly double what it was in 1880, when Americans were living between 38.3 and 44 years.
Currently, baby boomers are turning 65 years old at a rate of 10,000 per day! As this generation likely extends the average lifespan, drug-free and conservative forms of healthcare, like chiropractic, can play an important role in preserving good health.
Top Health Concerns Facing Aging Adults
Some of the top health conditions American seniors experience:
- Heart disease
- Mental health
- Vision and eye diseases
Age-Related Falls and Injuries
Millions of senior Americans fall each year and many of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries. These injuries, which are largely preventable, can increase the risk of early death.
One out of three adults (aged 65 or older) fall each year. Around 20 to 30 percent of these adults experience moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures and head traumas. Other fractures are spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.
Preventing Age-Related Health Issues through Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care helps encourage whole body wellness and prevent problems that can cause pain and other symptoms down the line. Choose the conservative approach of chiropractic care because:
- Chiropractic adjustments keep your spine and nervous system interference-free so you can be at your physical, mental and emotional best
- Chiropractic care is gentle, safe and effective
- Regular chiropractic adjustments and supportive therapies encourage your body's innate ability to heal itself and prevent injuries
- Chiropractic is a natural, conservative approach
Through proper nutrition, exercise, limited medications, healthy relationships and chiropractic care, living in good health in "old" age is absolutely possible.
Make an appointment to talk to a chiropractic doctor about chiropractic and aging.
Read on to learn more:
Tips for Healthy Aging, American Chiropractic Association, accessed July 2015
The role of chiropractic care in older adults, Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, Feb. 2012
Chiropractic Treatment as a Primary Care Intervention for Better Musculoskeletal Health in the Aging Population in the United Kingdom, Frontiers in Physiology, April 2012
Aging healthfully is not just a matter of having good genes, The Washington Post, Dec. 2012
5 Ways to Age Gracefully and Healthfully, Mercola, July 2011