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Watertown Chiropractic as Part of The Plan To Enjoy A Healthier Old Age

A Japanese community’s saying is "Extend healthy life expectancy by having fun." How does that play out? Are our older community members ready to have fun? What would allow an older person to have fun? Independence. Mobility. Painfree movement. Sense of purpose. Community involvement. All of these work. Watertown Wellness Center offers Watertown chiropractic care to keep our community’s older members healthy and equipped to have fun!

JAPAN’s AGING

The Japanese society is noteworthy as it looks at the trend toward an older society and what that means for how the society will run, how medical care will have to evolve, how services will grow to meet people where they are. Community efforts go far to enrich and improve the quality of life for people. One Japanese community – Anamizu “a town know for the good health and long life” of its 8600 residents as 45.4% of them are over age 65 years – hosted popular health classes via pharmacies. (1) Kobe City’s pharmacists united to do health workshops and establish pharmacies as community health centers. They talked about exercise to increase activities of daily living, disease definition, nutrition, health counseling, and bone density measurement. Such efforts were intended to foster awareness of how to live a better, healthier life and in turn a longer life expectancy. (2) Watertown Wellness Center knows well that change can be good.

JAPAN’S CHANGING

Impactful changes are the birth and death rates of a country as they affect its structure. In Japan, such trends are followed intently. Its aging population is growing quickly. The 65-year-old and over group in 2013 was 25%; in 2025 it’s expected to be 30%, and in 2060 to be 39.9%. The 75-year-old and over group in 2013 was 12.3% and expected to be 26.9% in 2060. This aging group forms what researchers term a “super-aged” society. With aging, different healthcare challenges arise for the people and their healthcare providers and healthcare system. Researchers report that a shift in medical thought from “cure-seeking” to “cure and support seeking” is required to maximize the patient’s quality of life. A shift from hospital centered care to community centered care is also necessary. Collaboration among healthcare providers especially those who let people stay in their own homes as they age is called for. (3) Collaboration is required.

CHIROPRACTIC’S ROLE IN CARING FOR THE AGING

Chiropractors collaborate for the good of their patients, particularly Watertown back pain patients. Chiropractors stand out at co-managing conditions with family physicians, physical therapists and massage therapists. They often referred older patients to neurologists, family physicians, massage therapists, orthopedists and fellow chiropractors. When it comes to management back pain in older patients, 92% of chiropractors reported that they are sure of their ability to do that. (4) Chiropractic is reported to be protective against 1-year declines in functional and self-rated health issues for Medicare patients with spine pain issues. Additionally, chiropractic patients have higher satisfaction with follow up and understanding of their condition. (5) Additionally, a consensus group of researchers concluded that chiropractic for older adult patients is appropriate, especially that spinal manipulation is safe, exercise recommendations are proper, and manipulation and mobilization extend positive effects beyond just pain relief. (6) Having your Watertown chiropractor at your side is valuable throughout your life and uniquely in your later years!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the case of a 74-year-old lady who wanted to continue being a part of her family’s farm life. Her spinal stenosis hampered her desire, and Dr. Olding’s use of the Cox® Technic System intervened by creating enough pain relief to keep active in her life with a mix of chiropractic manipulation, rest and exercise.

Schedule your Watertown appointment with Watertown Wellness Center. Exercise recommendation, spinal manipulation and clear communication about what is ailing you and your spine await your arrival. Extending your life expectancy by having fun and being busy with life is possible when you can keep on keeping on with chiropractic’s help!

 
Watertown Wellness Center welcomes older patients to incorporate chiropractic into their healthcare plan for pain relief and life’s fun. 
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