The Wellness and Healthy Aging movement, which is significant and influential, would have the public believe that disciplined fitness routines, healthy nutrition, refraining from nasty habits, keeping the mind active all will lead to great health status in later life and, thus, avoiding nursing home or worse.
And that is all very important. Refraining from smoking will lower the risk of lung cancer; managing weight and stress will not only make me feel better but will lower the risk of stroke and heart attack. And certainly, weight management to prevent obesity, which is a serious health problem in NB, is critical.
For all of us, seniors in particular, remaining socially engaged is of paramount importance and the literature abounds with evidence in support of that idea.
So if we all become health fanatics, join a fitness club, have our own trainer…will that eliminate the need for nursing and special care homes? Not so fast! As a matter of fact, not at all. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.