In the United States, people are living longer. As we get older, our bodies and minds change, but you can still live an active and healthy life. Being proactive by eating a healthy diet and exercising can prevent medical problems as you age. It's important to get the proper nutrition and maintain healthy habits to promote heart health, bone, joint and muscle health, constipation, bladder health, and keep your memory sharp.
In the U.S. approximately 20 million women and 6 million men will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. The risk of urinary incontinence increases with age, up to 35 percent of people age 60 and older experience symptoms.
What can you do?
Urinary incontinence can have a significant impact on nearly every aspect of your life. So, don’t suffer in silence. Tell your doctor if:
- You’ve experienced urine leakage in the past six months
- The leakage has caused you to change your daily activities or interfered with your sleep
They can review the treatment options that can reduce, eliminate, or help manage your symptoms.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones and weakened bones are more likely to break (fracture). Osteoporosis affects both men and women, but postmenopausal women are most at risk. To help prevent osteoporosis, you need to exercise and nourish your bones throughout your life.
Wellness and Support Programs
If you're a senior, we encourage you to participate in a wellness program to maintain your overall health. Programs for seniors range from one session to multiple sessions over several weeks. Typical information includes:
- Mild stretching and physical activity instruction
- Recognizing risk factors for various health issues
- Avoiding low back and other pain
- Nutrition hints and suggestions
- Safety consideration in the home
- How to build a better relationship with your doctor
To sign up for one of the wellness seminars or support groups in BlueCross BlueShield of WNY’s Senior Health Program, or for more information, just call the number listed below.
Erie County Senior Services of Erie County:
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Kaleida Health - Buffalo General Hospital of Buffalo:
Bereavement Support Group
Medina Memorial Hospital Community Partners of Medina:
Mt. St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center of Lewiston:
Alzheimer's Support Group
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center of Niagara Falls:
Parkinson's Support Group
The M.O.G. Inc. of Grand Island:
Be S.A.F.E. (Fitness for the Ages Exercise Program)
Wellness Institute of Buffalo:
Passport to Wellness - Exercise Program