The World Health Organization defines Healthy Aging “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well being in older age”. Functional ability is about having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value. This includes a person’s ability to:
- meet their basic needs
- to learn, grow and make decisions
- to be mobile
- to build and maintain relationships
- to contribute to society
On a personal level we may define it by how our aging effects our love of life. We are not going to live forever. But while we are alive, we want the highest quality of life that is possible. We may define our own view of Healthy Aging by:
- being able to do the things I enjoy
- feeling and looking my best
- performing at a high level at work
- being happy in my relationship
- being able to keep up with my kids (or grandchildren)
Many of us have witnessed loved ones that have suffered with diseases related to aging such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and dementia, among other age related conditions. Many of us already feel the effects of aging at a surprisingly young age. You may wonder why you don’t have the energy you once had, or you have a brain fog that just won’t lift. Your body aches and you are beginning to put on weight. Your relationship suffers. Your job suffers. You begin to lose the enjoyment life once gave you. Aging in our culture is most often a negative experience.
“Many of us already feel the effects of aging at a surprisingly young age.”
We have been conditioned to expect and accept these aspects of aging. Our commercial food system promotes unhealthy eating. Our government educates us about our own health by relying on science that was more propaganda than science. Our “health”care system is really a “sick”care system that depends on you being continually sick so that the pharmaceutical industry can continue to maintain you at a minimal level of health. And our insurance industry is making it more difficult to afford to maintain our health in its current form. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Changing your view of your own healthcare is the first step. Taking a pro-active approach to maintaining Optimal Health is a much better way to improve our quality of life. And it doesn’t matter if you are in your 30’s or in your 80’s; Optimal Health is a big part of a happy and vibrant life.
“Changing your view of your own healthcare is the first step.”
Optimal Health involves a more open minded perspective and a desire to dig a little deeper. It’s not just about taking a pill. Optimal Health is multi-factorial. This means that our bodies systems have to work together in a highly integrated manner and a single health issue may have more than one origin. If you have two tacks in your foot and only one is removed, you will still have a pain in your foot.
“Optimal Health is multi-factorial…If you have two tacks in your foot and only one is removed, you will still have a pain in your foot.”
Major Underlying Causes of Disease and disability that can be age related
Aging is characterized by a deterioration in the maintenance of homeostatic processes over time, leading to functional decline and increased risk for disease and death. The aging process is characterized metabolically by insulin resistance, changes in body composition, and a physiological decline in hormones. At Blue Ridge Heart & Wellness, our focus is to help you age healthier by addressing these age related health issues. These issues generally begin to surface in our 30’s, or later.
Through a comprehensive intake of personal health information and laboratory tests, we begin to customize a protocol of combined therapies that address the multiple factors that are having a negative impact on your health. We will help you implement your program, monitor and adjust therapies as your health improves, and be there for you when you need us along the way. Again, our goal is to Optimize Your Health with Affordable Care.
“We will help you implement your program, monitor and adjust therapies as your health improves, and be there for you when you need us along the way.”