In this ongoing series, we’ve been blogging about some of the health issues involved with different stages of a man’s life (including the transition into adulthood and their middle years). Now, let’s examine the issues dealing with aging for men.
The third transition in a man’s life is into their senior years. Their hair has become grayer, their weight has shifted, they’re less physically active, and now those occasional aches and pains as a result of sporting and other activities are now chronic and ongoing. The years may feel like they’re catching up, from working hard and playing hard – but there are other concerns as well for older men.
At this time in life, it’s important that a man confide in their doctors and other specialists. Key to the communication is a man feeling comfortable discussing any and all issues, symptoms and stresses.
There is no reason that an older man in his 60s, 70s, 80s or upward shouldn’t continue to feel in the optimum health for their age. Maintaining a daily fitness routine, eating sensibly, staying hydrated and well-rested – these are the ingredients for a long life. Men also need to stay engaged with their families and communities, as they grow older.
We want you to continue to rely on us as your body goes through each of these changes and transitions, helping you navigate a healthy shift into your middle, and later years. There is no need to omit your workout routine, but it probably is wise to adjust it with each passing decade and to consult your chiropractor and other doctors to make sure that you are safe, strong and informed about your medical needs.
Part of the aging process can mean a deterioration of the spine, and loss of height due to disc compression – but it doesn’t have to be the case with all men. Your chiropractor will routinely check your height and can recommend exercises to help keep your spine in optimum condition. Shrinking an inch every couple years can indicate other problems with your spine and central nervous system – let’s make sure that we check you several times a year to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Illness can also be a contributing factor to overall fitness for older men. Illness can result in dehydration, which can result in injury. But there is also evidence that ongoing chiropractic treatments may be able to provide relief to patients with chronic illnesses, such as COPD. Chiropractic may also be an effective part of a stroke patient’s recovery process.
The overall prescription for a man’s long, healthy, well-adjusted life is communication. We still recommend that you see your M.D. or general practitioner annually, but if you’re experiencing little aches and pains between those yearly visits, a quick adjustment with your chiropractor will help you feel more informed, in better condition, and in control of your health care needs. The holistic (mind/body/spirit) connection is key to making informed, reasonable choices with your health.