TWO RECENT REPORTS SERVE AS ‘WAKE-UP CALL’ FOR SENIORS FACED WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS AND LACK OF STRENGTH TRAINING
United Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Studies Raise Red Flag for Baby Boomers ‘Likely to Live Sicker for a Longer Period of Time’
January 20th, 2014. CHANDLER, Ariz. – If you are a member of the Baby Boomer Generation, you might want to pay attention to two special reports issued last week by the United Health Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While ActiveRx — an Arizona-based company that is redefining aging — has been extoling the benefits of meaningful exercise for seniors for the past five years – the not-for-profit United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report and the CDC’s 2008-10 National Health Information Survey should serve as true “wake-up calls” for millions of seniors throughout the country.
The two reports paint a bleak picture for today’s seniors who do not take part in some form of regular exercise.The inaugural edition of the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report “is a comprehensive portrait of senior health designed to inspire new, effective solutions that meet the health care needs of this rapidly expanding demographic,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., senior advisor to the United Health Foundation. “We are measuring senior health in order to help improve it.”
The report offers an analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health, and seeks to promote discussion around the health of Americans 65 years and older while driving communities governments, stakeholders and individuals to take action to improve senior health. Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa are the top five states for seniors’ health. Mississippi ranks 50th, preceded by Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia and Arkansas.
In assessing seniors’ health the report identifies seven measures that are potentially modifiable through a combination of personal, community and clinical interventions: smoking, chronic drinking, obesity, underweight, physical inactivity, dental visits and pain management.
Re-enforcing a message that ActiveRx has been articulating since the company’s founding five years ago, the report states: “A natural process of aging is a decrease in muscle mass and strength, making it challenging for many older adults to continue to be active as they age. Physical inactivity increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and premature death…………..Physical inactivity is responsible for an estimated $24 billion in director medical spending and almost 200,000, or 1 in 10 deaths, each year. Fortunately physical activity has been shown to increase bone density, reduce falls and help to lessen depression in older Americans.”
The CDC’s 2008-10 National Health Information Survey echoes the findings of the United Health Foundation’s report, citing “lack of strength training as the most common U.S. health vice.”
While the CDC survey focused on all Americans – as opposed to only seniors – it did point out that overall population falls well short of meeting federal guidelines of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.
Drawn from 76,669 interviews, the 2008-10 National Health Information Survey concluded that:
• Overall, 46.1% of adults met the 2008 federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity through leisure time activity.
• Approximately one-third of adults (33.9%) did not engage in aerobic leisure-time physical activities.
• About 7 in 10 adults (73.5%) never engaged in leisure-time muscle-strengthening activities, while 2 in 10 adults (23%) met the 2008 guidelines for muscle-strengthening activities (two or more times a week).
• Approximately one-half of adults (50.3%) met neither aerobic nor muscle-strengthening guidelines, and about one in five adults (19.4%) met both the aerobic and muscle-strengthening guidelines.
ActiveRx, a Chandler, Ariz.-based company that is redefining aging by facilitating meaningful lifestyle changes that can improve the overall health and function for millions of older adults. ActiveRx is opening a network of Active Aging Centers throughout the country that are helping aging adults recognize the fact that they do not have to “let nature take its course” regarding physical limitations and diseases that often impede independent living and a high quality of life.
The ActiveRx System is based upon more than a decade of scientific research on the direct correlation between strength and aging. Patients regain and maintain strength through proper evaluation – the ActivEval™, Active Physical Therapy and Strengtherapy™, which work in concert to enhance patients’ mobility, agility and balance so they can sustain their independence and autonomy.
ActiveRx Active Aging Centers provide a full continuum of services that are proven to facilitate long-term, meaningful lifestyle changes. Strengtherapy — the company’s signature ongoing wellness membership — was developed by the ActiveRx scientific advisory board, which consists of nationally renowned geriatric research scientists, exercise physiologists and physical therapists with more than 100 years of collective experience.
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