Healthy Aging Month
Twenty-five years ago, the acclaimed Healthy Aging publication recognized a need for spreading awareness for and amongst our aging citizens. It was first introduced when those in the baby boomer generation were about to turn 50—a critical time when no one wants to discuss the implications of growing older, but living a healthy lifestyle is of utmost importance.
The intent behind the Healthy Aging Awareness Month is to encourage physical, social, mental, and financial health and growth as we age. At 50, you don’t want to think too much about what happens after you retire. But as the baby boomer generation ages into their 60s and 70s, a different story starts to unfold. It doesn’t have to be depressing - this annual observance month is designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.
There’s no shortage of positive aspects that come with age. Your patients might ask you, “it is too late to try something new?”
It’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion or hobby. In fact, such actions are highly encouraged to maintain mental and physical health. Taking care of your mental health can be as simple as making a phone call to a long-lost friend or taking an art class. There are many programs out there to engage people of all ages—but most importantly, they provide a social outlet masked by creativity.
Your patients physical health can be a bit harder. Health complications can come with age, no matter how healthy you are or once were. It can feel like your independence is slipping away if you cannot get your health under control. While health advances have made living with chronic diseases much easier, they often come with a treatment plan that be hard to manage on your own.
Medicine-On-Time can help your patient’s age their way. We know that maintaining independence is an integral part of your patient’s health—mentally and physically.
With our simple, color-coded calendar cards, medications are packaged into the proper dosages and clearly labeled for easy, consistent compliance. The many benefits of Medicine-On-Time improve the quality of life for patients and the ones they love. A simple card can be the difference between independent living and increase with health struggles.
We know people don’t like to talk about an uncertain future, but it’s time to start talking. The number of people over the age of 45 is growing every year. According to Healthy Aging, it’s no longer just the baby boomers—the generation x-ers are hot on their heels. There are over 76 million baby boomers today over age 50 and the first of the 82.1 million generation x-ers are about to reach that milestone. We can help keep patients healthy with our medication management system, but it’s up to each and every one of us to start an open dialogue with patients about the positivity of getting older.