Mick Jagger taught Baby Boomers an important lesson this week. Fitness activity is not enough to prevent Heart Disease. Of all of the Stones, Mick was the last one that anyone would predict heart surgery. Mick’s father was a Physical Education instructor and Mick learned his fitness lessons well. According to news reports, he maintained a healthy lifestyle for decades. Yet, he still went under the knife to replace a heart valve.
Was it genetics, poor diet at an early age, or something else? Of course, we will never know if he stuck to a healthy diet. I suspect that Mr. Jagger suffered from long-term elevated blood oxidative stress (BLOS), which promotes atherosclerosis and heart disease. Over time, BLOS results in multiple chronic conditions including heart disease, which leads to expensive medical and Senior care.
Demographics and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions
A 2010 survey revealed that 80% of adults over age 65 have multiple chronic health conditions. The top 4 chronic health conditions for Seniors are Hypertension (58%), High Cholesterol (45%), Ischemic Heart Disease (31%) and Diabetes (28%). Many of these chronic health conditions may be due to long-term blood oxidative stress (BLOS) from a poor diet. As expected, the cost of Medical Care for Seniors with multiple chronic health conditions increases with more physician visits and prescriptions. A recent report suggests that the number of adults with Alzheimer’s Disease may be double. These chronic health conditions also limit lifestyle, which results in more expensive Senior Care Choices. A lifetime of poor lifestyle choices will deplete savings for Seniors and their loved ones. Let’s review the cost of the current options for Senior Care.
Senior Care Choices
The choices available for Senior Care are a function of Senior Health State. As expected, healthier Seniors have more affordable Senior Care. Living at home with local family support is the ideal Senior Care option with both lowest expense and highest quality of life.
Next, Independent Senior Communities offer limited services for active Seniors with minor health conditions for an additional monthly cost of $400-$2,000. For most Seniors, this option would be ideal for their remaining years. However, as Seniors develop multiple chronic health conditions, this option will not be available. Friends and family are replaced by trained Senior caregivers and on-site nurses and physicians. As expected, the cost of medical care and Senior Care rise with the remaining options.
Assisted Senior Living Communities provide regulated assistance to Seniors and range in cost from $2,500-$6,000 per month. This assistance increases the monthly costs by $2,000-$4,000 compared to Independent Senior Communities.
Nursing Homes provide intense assistance with a hefty price tag of $4,500-$12,000 per month. 24/7 care for your Senior has a high cost.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities are the most expensive Senior Care option due to the first-rate care. No cost estimate was available, but you should expect costs in the range of Nursing Homes.
Memory Care Communities are a more recent Senior Care option that provides assistance for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia have an average monthly cost of $5,000.
How Will You Pay for Your Senior Care?
These expensive Senior Care Options do not include the high cost of prescription medications. Do you have enough savings to pay for your Senior years? As a Senior, your best strategy for extending your limited savings and retirement funds is to delay or prevent the onset of multiple chronic health conditions. Are there lifestyle choices that you can make today that could help you and your family in planning your Senior Care?
Family Plan for Sustainable Senior Care
The Senior’s family needs to prepare a sustainable plan for Senior Care. Although it is an uncomfortable topic, it is in everyone’s best interest to have that conversation earlier. First, review the financial status. Second, review health status. Third, review lifestyle choices. Fourth, prepare a plan for Sustainable Senior Care. You will not complete this 4-step process in one afternoon. It may take several conversations with your Senior to get the complete truth about finances and health. Be patient and take careful notes.
Current and Future Senior Finances
First, review your Senior’s current financial state by examining government assistance income (ex. Social Security), government medical assistance programs (MediCare), retirement income, current housing bills, and medical bills. Is your Senior’s current lifestyle sustainable? While you review your Senior’s finances, you may want to review legal planning issues especially estate planning.
Senior Health Evaluation
Do you know all of your Senior’s health issues? Does your Senior have one or multiple chronic health conditions? Is he (or she) taking any prescription medications? Does your Senior use all available Medicare programs? Has a physician evaluated your Senior for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia? Review your Senior’s latest health records or better yet, accompany your Senior during their next evaluation by his or her physician. Get the facts and then use this Calculator to estimate the current and future cost of Senior Care options.
Senior Lifestyle Choices
There are three key lifestyle choices that you need to review with your Senior. First, what diet does your Senior follow? Better, do you have their dietary history? Does he follow a regular diet or the latest fad diet? Second, does she have a regular fitness routine? Frequency and effectiveness of the fitness activity is most important. Third, does she take any dietary supplements? Make a list of your Senior’s lifestyle choices, because you need it for developing your Sustainable Senior Care Plan.
Sustainable Senior Care Plan
At this point, planning for Senior Care may overwhelm you. However, there is hope for a Sustainable Senior Care Plan. Change your Senior Lifestyle Choices now for a more Sustainable Senior Care Plan.
It starts with a good diet that reduces BLOS. Several diets may be helpful in managing BLOS, but you need a way to evaluate it (see below). Will your Senior cheat on this new diet? Prevent cheating by checking your Senior’s pantry and refrigerator for unhealthy food. Some cheat foods may be OK, but you need firm evidence that your Senior manages BLOS.
Consider the use of dietary supplements, such as antioxidants to reduce the impact of BLOS and Omega-3 for improving heart health. The two most effective antioxidant supplements are Vitamin C and E. If fish oil supplements are unpalatable, then consider Hemp Oil as an alternative green source of Omega-3.
3: Effective Fitness
Effective fitness improves heart health and your Senior should go for a brisk 30-minute walk a few times every week. Use a heart rate monitor to ensure that you reach the minimum level for effectiveness. Check with your Senior’s physician before making any changes in fitness activities. Physicians will work with your Senior to reduce Hypertension medicine, if there is a safe plan to improve fitness.
Couple Urine Oxidative Stress Kit with Other Kits Targeting Specific Senior Health Problems
Will these three lifestyle choices reduce BLOS? Here is the key: use a Urine Oxidative Stress Test Kit to evaluate your dietary choices and whether they reduce BLOS. Before you make any changes in these three lifestyle choices, use the Urine Oxidative Stress Test Kit to measure BLOS level.
BLOS Management May Improve Multiple Chronic Health Conditions
Is there a way to leverage the Urine Oxidative Stress Test kit for specific Senior health problems? Yes, you could combine the Urine Oxidative Stress kit with other tests like the iHeart Smart Diabetes Kit or CardioCheck Starter Cholesterol Analyzer Kit. Together, these kits provide useful information on how Life Style Choices impact BLOS and critical bio-indicators to monitor either Diabetes or Heart Disease. This is a better approach than monitoring weight or BMI, which are only risk factors. If you or your Senior suffer from multiple chronic health conditions, then these kits may be an inexpensive way to reducing the number of chronic health conditions.
Health Hack for Life
If you are a curious Senior or a concerned family member, then my eBook, “Let’s Hack Oxidative Stress” may interest you. In my eBook, I provide more details on my simple strategy for using three lifestyle choices to reduce your Oxidative Stress and improve your health. I have a collection of eBooks and Paperback Versions that describe general and custom Health Hacks. The rest of the items needed for your Hack are available through Amazon or your local stores. However, there is a simpler way to gather up all of the products for your Hack: Buy an Oxidative Stress Hack Kit from my Store!
Low BLOS Senior Care Providers
Are any Senior Care Facilities providing Sustainable Senior Care based on BLOS Management? Does your Senior Care Facility make any effort to evaluate and change three Senior lifestyle choices that may delay and reverse Multiple Chronic Conditions? The use of Urinary Oxidative Stress Test Kit reveals elevated BLOS due to poor diet. Do you want your Senior Care Facility to be known as a stepping stone to the grave or a place where Seniors can get their life back on track by managing BLOS? The first Senior Care Facility that embraces BLOS Management will have a competitive advantage. Contact me, if you want to partner with HemaGnosis and explore this possibility.
Pre-Senior Lifestyle Choices are Important
If you’re a GenXer or Millenial, then you need to examine your own Lifestyle Choices right now. The future looks bleak for your retirement and senior care compared to the Baby Boomers. So, your only strategy is to make better lifestyle choices right now with the goal of delaying or eliminating the development of multiple chronic conditions. This means taking responsibility for your health right now, not after you retire! You can’t afford to make that mistake.
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As always, read my disclaimer and always consult with your physician before making any changes in your diet or fitness regime.
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