Health & Wellness for Seniors in Orlando
Strengthen the Brain & Body
In the United States, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are the fastest growing demographic, which raises concerns for the future of our healthcare system. Not only is this generation the largest demographic in the United States, but seniors are also living longer. It is now believed that the average life expectancy for women is 82 years and 77 years for men.
According to Pew Research Center, there are 75 million baby boomers in the United States today. This means that over the next nineteen years, there could be 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day. With this in mind, as well as a growing population of seniors who are living longer, senior wellness programs will be crucial for baby boomers wishing to maintain their overall wellness and quality of life.
An estimated 75% of the current elderly population has been diagnosed with at least one chronic condition, and over 50% have been diagnosed with two or more. Senior Wellness Programs can educate, motivate, and inspire seniors with chronic or slow progressing conditions, as well as those that have not yet been diagnosed, to make healthier lifestyle.
Proactive Vs. Reactive Health Approach
The concept of “wellness” is a global term that includes all activities and physical capabilities of an individual – physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, vocational, and emotional. The term ‘wellness’ suggests a ‘proactive approach’. For example, exercising and eating your vegetables are proactive approaches, which are taken in order to avoid chronic medical conditions later in life.
In contrast, medication and medical procedures are reactive approaches. The idea of a proactive approach is rare within the United States healthcare system, as doctors typically treat patients only after an illness has presented itself, rather than doing the things which help prevent illness, such as making healthy lifestyle choices.
Benefits of Being Active
Research suggests that those who participate in an exercise program have lower overall healthcare costs after one year of participation, and the costs drop even lower after exercising for two consecutive years.
Regardless of healthcare costs, increased overall wellbeing and quality of life are key motivations for participating in a senior wellness program. BrainFlex® Wellness Club offers something for each contributing factor to overall wellness, with a special focus on brain training activities for memory, multi-tasking abilities, and everyday problem solving skills. BrainFlex® also incorporates age appropriate exercise, such as group stretching routines, dancing, and other fun group fitness classes, along with recipe sampling and nutrition education, which emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet for optimal brain health.