Celebrating Older Americans Month: Making sure you #AgeOutLoud
Every May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates older Americans and here at Orthopaedics East and Sports Medicine Center, we want to do the same. The theme of this year’s celebration is making sure our older Americans are active, engaging and Age Out Loud.
According to the National Council on Aging, 80% of older adults report having at least one chronic disease, 68% report having two or more. It is important to stay healthy as we age, especially when it comes to your joint, muscle and bone health. There are easy ways to make sure that you don’t fall into one of these statistics, and some start at home.
Getting started in the kitchen:
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into each meal.
- Drink three cups of fat-free or low- fat milk each day.
- Drink more water throughout the day.
- Use less salt when cooking.
But, it doesn’t stop there. The USDA says being active can help you stay strong as you get older, and help reduce the risk of disease in the future. The ACL reports in 2015, 53% of adults age 75 and older were diagnosed with arthritis.
Exercise is a key component when it comes to improving your health and fighting the symptoms of joint and muscle pain, which could be a side effect of arthritis. It’s recommended that each week older adults get at least two and a half hours of activity each week; the ultimate goal should be to get active three days a week.
Why is exercise so important?
- Being active can help you move around easier and have stronger muscles and bones as you age.
- Metabolism slows as you get older, so you have to move more to keep your energy level up.
- Without exercise, the chances of getting diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure increase.
- Helps fight off arthritis by reducing inflammation in your joints.
The ACL reports by the year 2020, there will be approximately 75.5 million people age 60 and older in the U.S. and 2.3 million in North Carolina. Orthopaedics East and Sports Medicine Center wants to make sure you have the healthiest life possible. If you are having joint and muscle pain keeping you from being able to #AgeOutLoud, request an appointment today.