It’s time to stop looking the other way when it comes to aging

Lisa Wurth

May 19, 2011

Millions of boomers are now getting ready to retire and start living their golden years. While many may cherish the opportunity to spend more time with the grandkids, settle down from the rat race or just jet off to a different country for a very long holiday, experts agree that it is imperative that boomers start to think more about their health now than ever before. 

"We as a society are so afraid of aging and we're in a stage of denial," Dr. Sharon Brangman of The American Geriatrics Society told CNN.

Consequently, many older Americans haven't been keeping up with the exercise regimen that they have repeatedly proposed, or trying to eat healthier. Additionally, boomers are suffering from high levels of stress – 20 percent of adults age 45 to 64 are taking care of an elderly parent in some way.

One way to start taking proactive steps toward reducing stress could be to install a medical alarm system in a senior's home. This device enables users to instantly send a medical alert to a call center if they require help.

Boomers themselves may want to start focusing on mobility, obesity and brain fitness as they start to age, the news source reports. This can help guarantee a healthy, happy retirement.  

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