With science continuously working to find ways to increase human longevity, an ever-increasing number of older people are trying to cope with age-related complaints and enjoy not just a longer life, but a healthier one. Aging is a natural and normal process which each person must undergo. As we age, our bodies naturally change and become more prone to certain health problems. From middle age on, most of us may experience alterations in our skin, eyesight, hearing, teeth, and digestion which we associate with aging.
Worse, older people are far more likely than younger individuals to develop disorders such as arthritis, osteoporosis, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, hernias, thyroid and kidney problems, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and various forms of cancer.
Everyone should be concerned about how the aging process affects them and their loved ones, including their older friends and relatives and even their children -- whose longevity and wellness when they are older may depend to a great degree on how their health is protected while they are young.
Your vulnerability to the various ailments associated with aging is a product of the interplay between your individual characteristics (your physical condition, genetic heritage, age, gender, etc.) and the environment in which your body functions. That environment includes your diet and lifestyle, what stresses your body is exposed to -- including smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drug usage, over-exposure to sunlight, insufficient exercise, emotional stress, and untreated health problems.
That is why it is so important to take preventive measures to stop or even reverse the most devitalizing aspects of aging. Anti-aging is really about taking steps to protect the quality of your life by not allowing the aging process to take the life out of you -- slowly or, worse, suddenly. And chiropractic care can help you protect yourself and the people you care about.
Chiropractic philosophy and practice are ideally suited to helping older people live longer and healthier lives because chiropractors are committed to health maintenance, preventing disease, and promoting lifelong wellness. Chiropractic care enables the aging population to remain active, permits their joints, muscles, and nerves to function appropriately and free of pain, allowing them to feel fully alive and more youthful, even as their age increases.