This treatment program seeks to prepare people for their golden years in a way that will preserve their functional capacity and quality of life. In the previous generation, cancer was the event that had the potential to devastate a family’s finances and stability. In our generation, longevity is the looming expense that threatens the financial stability of families. Care of the elderly and nursing home expenses easily run into the thousands every month and many go on for years. Family estates have been drained and all assets have gone to support the patriarch or matriarch. This goes against the natural order of the animal kingdom. The survival of the herd is never put at risk for the benefit of the weakest. This has caused families to break apart and deal with the devastation of financial loss.

We are living in an age of new and unique challenges. We are living longer than any other generation. Retirees are living on a system that is outdated and destined for failure. The social Security System was designed to support a retiree for 18 months, not 26 years as it does presently. Seniors are not doing anything to maintain their physical and mental vigor. The paradigm od the retiree is to become progressively reclusive and experience the gradual decline of mental and physical function.

No senior ever planned to wind up in a nursing home, incapacitated and living like a zombie. The outcome does not align with the Great American Dream that says that if you work hard for a long time you will retire in comfort and ease.

Aging gracefully seeks to turn the tables of time and degeneration by preserving the key qualities that contribute ot longevity and quality of life. I have observed how that elderly of Chinatown live their lives. They do not retire at age 62 or pan to retire at any age. They exercise  every day and work hard. They watch their diet and eat fresh food.

Compare this ot the American seniors who begins planning his retirement at age 40. He plans to stop working at age 62 and plans to spend the next 20 years being retired. Retirement means travel, taking cruises and tours,, playing golf, going to lunch with friends and watching CNN. No attention or time or effort is paid to physical fitness, mental stimulation or creative pursuits. :The first 2-3 years is a fantasy ride filled with all of the decadence that money can buy. Once that dream has been fulfilled, the senior settles into the true routine of retirement. He obtains all of his information about the world by watching CNN, spends an average of 6 hours a day in front of the television, lives on prepared meals and microwavable entrees, and constantly monitoring his declining health walking that slippey slope between function and illness.

Aging gracefully seeks to address the 4 primary factors that define health and wellbeing. They are posture, balance, mechanics and nutrition. Posture is a subject that takes decades to develop. Many people will openly admit that they have poor posture but do nothing about it. By the time it becomes a concern, it is too late to correct. Balance is closely tied to posture. As one’s posture declines, so does their balance. Early signs of poor balance is found by observing people walk. It starts with a shuffling gait. As balance degenerates, they use canes, followed by walkers and finally wheeled transporters or wheelchairs. The main fear of the elderly with balance problems is falling. Falling injuries that lead to head injuries , brain injury or stroke are very common among the elderly.

Mechanical problems and degenerative joint disease is another cause of incapacitation and debility. Shoulder, hip and knee problems among the elderly are more common than injuries caused by osteoporosis. You may have noticed that these surduries have become commonplace.

Of the 4 primary factors, nutrition is quite possibley the most prevalent and complex. Seniors do not think that nutrition is important. They prefer to eat prepared food and microwavable entrees because they are easy, they taste good and there is no fuss or mess. Processed food takes the place of real food and leads to an artificial body deficient of anything that can be used to produce life. Nutritional needs of the senior differ from that of a 20 year old but are important nonetheless.

By addressing these four primary factors, I believe that we will be able to improve quality of life and increase well-being for many years. My goal is to see that our generation does not wind up on retirement homes being wheeled about as we drool in a cup out of our mind in some ort of drug induced zombie state.  My objective is to increase the functional years to age

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