Seniors Digest
Seattle-King County Edition
  May 1, 2007 

Let's Live Healthier Lives!

Plan to attend!
Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Healthy Aging Fair
Thursday, May 10 • 9 a.m.–2 p.m. • Central Building

Blood Pressure ScreeningAs long as we can remember, people have been concerned about living healthier lives. So where are we today? Many Baby Boomers—those of us born between 1946 and 1964—are still trying to become healthy and fit. By 2030, Boomers will range in age from 66 to 84. Will you be healthy? Let’s start living healthier lives now.

The Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens is concerned about people living healthier lifestyles, especially seniors and Baby Boomers. On Thursday, May 10, we’re sponsoring a free Healthy Aging Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion, in downtown Seattle). Over 20 exhibitors, health professionals, and guest speakers will participate in this exciting event.

Dr. Maxine Hayes, Washington State Health Officer, is our keynote speaker. She will help us understand important prevention strategies for healthy aging.

Guest speakers from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management will provide information on low-cost, time-saving ways to put together an emergency supply kit and create a family disaster plan, and practical ways to organize after disaster strikes.

Posture and Spinal Alignment TestDid you know that high blood pressure is called the “silent killer”? According to the American Heart Association, about one in three adults in the U.S. don’t know that they have it. There are no symptoms. The results of uncontrolled high blood pressure are strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and kidney failure. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Come to the Healthy Aging Fair!

You can also have your bone density checked at the Healthy Aging Fair. This screening can estimate loss of bone mass that can lead to osteoporosis, a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and porous. Osteoporosis affects about eight million women and two million men. Every year, approximately 1.5 million fractures result from osteoporosis. The good news is that osteoporosis can be treated and prevented.

Don’t you remember your parents telling you “eat your fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and strong”? Doctors advise us to eat healthier foods and exercise. Some of us took their advice but some of us didn’t. If we didn’t take their advice when we were younger, we have to make changes in our lifestyles to stay healthy.

Unlike our parents, we are fortunate to have quick up-to-date information on the Internet about how to live healthier lives (see Web site addresses below). Sources still tell us to eat healthier meals, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water and give us much more information on how to stay healthy. 
 
Wellness ProgramsWhat’s important today is that our employers and co-workers are also concerned about our health.

“I’m on the HSD Health Promotion Team and the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Healthy Aging Fair committee,” said Teri Woods, Utility Assistance Program Intake Representative. “It’s exciting to see over 170 HSD employees who want to stay healthy by increasing their physical activity and eating healthier foods. Healthy employees are a plus for employers—health care costs are lower and employees come to work. This creates a better quality of life for all.”

Boomers are living longer. We take care of everybody—ourselves, our parents, our children and others. In order to take care of everybody else and enjoy a better quality of life, we must stay healthy and fit.

For more information about the Healthy Aging Fair, call the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens at (206) 684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or go to www.seattle.gov/humanservices/mosc on the Web.

Other Websites for Health Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US Health and Human Services Administration on Aging
American Association of Retired Persons
American Heart Association
WebMD 

 


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