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Seniors Health Month

The focus this month is to provide relevant information concerning the health of our senior population and to raise awareness about the importance of periodic health screenings to maintain the quality of life during the golden years.

Young or old, you can learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your family through resources in our City, videos, healthy eating, healthy tips for kids, and upcoming events!

Don't forget to take the online health pledge each month for your chance to win prizes!

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Seniors Health Month

The focus this month is to provide relevant information concerning the health of our senior population and to raise awareness about the importance of periodic health screenings to maintain the quality of life during the golden years.

Grand Prairie Seniors

According to the 2010 census estimates, 21.6% of Grand Prairie residents are aged 50+ and 6.7% are aged 65+ out of a total population of 175,396. This translates to a sizeable population of 37,900 residents 50+ and 11,800 residents 65+. Thanks to recent advances in the medical field, and increase in life expectancy, the senior population is expected to be one of the fastest growing segments, not only in Grand Prairie but in the U.S. as a whole.

Implications of an Aging Society

By 2030, the number of US adults aged 65+ is expected to more than double to about 71 million. The rapidly increasing number of older Americans has far reaching implications for our nation’s public health system and will place unprecedented demands on the provision of health care and aging related services. Research has shown that poor health does not have to be an inevitable consequence of aging. Older adults who practice healthy behaviors, who take advantage of clinical preventive services and who continue to engage with family and friends are more likely to remain healthy, live independently and incur fewer health-related costs. An essential component of keeping older adults healthy is preventing chronic diseases. About 80% of older adults have one chronic condition and 50% have at least two. Infectious diseases such as influenza and pneumococcal diseases, due in part to the lower immunity of seniors and injuries also take a disproportionate toll on older adults.

Healthy Aging – Opportunities to Improve Older Adult’s Health and Quality of Life

Nurse visiting senior citizen at homePublic Health agencies such as the CDC work with states, communities and other partners to support public health interventions that are designed to promote and preserve the health of older adults. Their key priorities are to:

  • Promote healthy lifestyle behaviors such as getting regular physical activity and quitting smoking that could reduce chronic disease burden.
  • Increase the use of clinical preventive services such as recommended immunizations and screening for chronic diseases and improving accessibility to these services.
  • Address cognitive impairment which affects health and long term care needs. This presents major care giving and financial challenges.
  • Address issues related to mental health.
  • Provide education on planning for serious illness and to help people plan for care in case of serious terminal illness.

Chronic Diseases in Older adults

The following is a listing of the percentage of death among older adults aged 65 and older due to various causes by compiled by CDC. This should help in prioritizing our preventive measures

Disease %
Heart Disease 28.2
Cancer 22.2
Stroke 6.6
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 6.2
Alzheimer's Disease 4.2
Diabetes 2.9
Influenza and Pneumonia 2.6
Unintentional Injury 2.2
All other causes 24.9

The ‘Get Fit GP’ initiative is an effort at the local level to identify strategies to help prevent and reduce the risk of disease to all citizens of Grand Prairie. The City has collectively invested in world class facilities such as ‘The Summit’ and the parks and trails with you in mind. Make use of them to: LIVE LONG, LIVE HEALTHY, AND ADD LIFE TO YOUR LIVING

And always remember:

“AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN A POUND OF CURE”

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Last updated: 12/17/2014 8:42:29 AM