Health issues often dominate the lives of seniors. Are seniors accepting accountability for their health? One healthcare provider made the point that while technology continues to improve, some are missing the bigger point.
The notion that we can live our lives as we want, and then rely on the healthcare system to fix us when we have problems, is the ultimate act of personal deception.
That is the view of Dr Robert Masson writing in a recent issue of Growing Bolder.
The idea that medicine can solve all our problems, even when we fail to make personal behavior changes, is seriously impacting the lives of many.
Dr. Masson makes the point that even as the healthcare industry is advancing, people must make changes if they expect to stay or get healthy.
Among changes one could cite are, to stop smoking when you have breathing issues or worse, and to stop drinking adult beverages when your liver is failing.
Diet and Weight Challenges
The more common place to start is diet. Current CDC numbers show that some 80% of Americans are overweight. Just under 40% are considered obese.
In a CDC report, we hear again that obesity related diseases include heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. The report goes on to cite these as, “some of the leading causes of preventable death.”
Health Affairs states, Amid calls for health reform, real cost savings are more likely to be achieved through reducing obesity and related risk factors.
Are You Ignoring Health Risks
HealthyLivingAfter60.com has continually advised readers to the health risks of being overweight. Seniors seem more prone to be overweight than others.
Perhaps it’s merely habit. Maybe seniors are too stubborn to change. Old dogs can’t learn new tricks might be an excuse.
Excuses don’t enhance life. Excuses will not prolong life. Excuses are exactly that, excuses.
Weight control is a matter of self control. When determined, people can accomplish nearly anything.
Here are two wonderful examples of extraordinary accomplishments by seemingly ordinary seniors. One might suggest that if these two can do what they do, anyone can lose weight.
You are urged to listen to these two examples. The health challenges overcome by Orville Rogers will leave you realizing that excuses are just that, excuses.
Be Inspired By Two Amazing Seniors – Click The Image To Hear Their Story
If you are interested in the book Orville Rogers spoke of, Aerobics, published in 1977, it’s available at Amazon. It’s not cheap. Dr Cooper has several books that followed Aerobics. Here is a link to Amazon if you want to check them out.
Your Real Age
In his comments, Dr Masson talked about the greater subject of chronological age and health age. Some people are younger health wise, than others their age. On the other hand, some people’s health age is much greater than their true chronological age.
Everyone gets it. We all know those who look and act younger than their age. We also know those who look and act much older.
There is a point to be made. Growing Bolder, said like this. “We all have a role in improving our overall health. There is no sense in regretting lifestyle choices that we’ve made in the past. It’s about moving forward with relentless optimism that we can significantly improve all aspects of our future by taking better care of ourselves now.”
If you are one of those carrying too much weight, find a plan that will work for you. There are hundreds of choices for losing weight. Only you know what you are willing to do. Only you know what steps you are willing to take.
Our purpose here today is to persuade you to consider things you are not willing to do.
Doing what you alway do and expecting different results, is not a plan.
Take some time and consider your health issues. Then consider what life might be like if those issues were eliminated.
As always, we want to hear your comments and questions. Leave them in the comments section below. —Robert