One Japanese community’s saying is "Extend healthy life expectancy by having fun." How does that look? Are our older community members able to have fun? What would allow an older person to have fun? Independence. Mobility. Painfree movement. Sense of purpose. Community involvement. All of these come into play. Young Chiropractic provides Easley chiropractic care to keep our community’s older members healthy and prepared to have fun!
The Japanese society is noteworthy as it looks at the trend toward an older society and what that implies for how the society will run, how medical care will have to evolve, how services will evolve to meet people where they are. Community efforts go far to enhance and improve the quality of life for residents. One Japanese city – Anamizu “a town know for the good health and long life” of its 8600 residents as 45.4% of them are over 65 years old – held popular health classes via pharmacies. (1) Kobe City’s pharmacists united to conduct health workshops and set up pharmacies as community health centers. They presented exercise to increase activities of daily living, disease definition, nutrition, health counseling, and bone density measurement. Such efforts were designed to foster awareness of how to live a better, healthier life and in return a longer life expectancy. (2) Young Chiropractic recognizes that change can be good.
Impactful changes are the birth and death rates of a country as they affect its structure. In Japan, such trends are followed closely. Its aging population is growing rapidly. The 65-year-old and over group in 2013 was 25%; in 2025 it’s expected to be 30%, and in 2060 to be 39.9%. The 75-year-old and over group in 2013 was 12.3% and expected to be 26.9% in 2060. This aging group creates what researchers term a “super-aged” society. With aging, different healthcare challenges arise for the people and their healthcare providers and healthcare system. Researchers write that a change in medical thought from “cure-seeking” to “cure and support seeking” is required to boost the patient’s quality of life. A shift from hospital centered care to community centered care is also called for. Collaboration among healthcare providers especially those who allow people stay in their own homes as they age is called for. (3) Collaboration is needed.
CHIROPRACTIC’S ROLE IN CARING FOR THE AGING
Chiropractors collaborate for the good of their patients, especially Easley back pain patients. Chiropractors excel at co-managing conditions with family physicians, physical therapists and massage therapists. They often referred older patients to neurologists, family physicians, massage therapists, orthopedists and fellow chiropractors. When it comes to management back pain in older patients, 92% of chiropractors reported that they are confident in their ability to do that. (4) Chiropractic is reportedly protective against 1-year declines in functional and self-rated health issues for Medicare patients who have spine pain issues. Additionally, chiropractic patients have more satisfaction with follow up and information about their condition. (5) Additionally, a consensus group of researchers concluded that chiropractic for older adult patients is appropriate, especially that spinal manipulation is safe, exercise recommendations are suitable, and manipulation and mobilization extend positive effects beyond just pain relief. (6) Having your Easley chiropractor at your side is valuable throughout your life and uniquely in your later years!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes a 74-year-old lady who sought to continue being a part of her family’s farm life. Her spinal stenosis hampered her desire, and Dr. Olding’s use of the Cox® Technic System intervened by allowing her to find enough pain relief to keep involved in her life with a mix of chiropractic manipulation, rest and exercise.
Schedule your Easley appointment with Young Chiropractic. Exercise advice, spinal manipulation and clear communication about what is bothering you and your spine await your arrival. Extending your life expectancy by having fun and being busy with life is possible when you can keep on keeping on with chiropractic’s help!