for Healthier Aging
By Terence B. Bernier, Marsh Affinity Group Services, an ROA Affinity Partner
Thanks to improved prevention methods and medical advances, Americans are living longer than ever before.
However, with this longer life expectancy has come the increase of chronic disease or degenerative illness (heart disease, cancer,
diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, among others). Studies from the Merck Company Foundation and the Centers for Disease
Control Prevention report that currently about 80 percent of older Americans are living with at least one chronic condition.
Certain behaviors and lifestyle factors have been proven to reduce your risk of chronic conditions.
Following these seven tips can help you age healthier:
1 Quit smoking. Eliminating 5 Get regular wellness exams. Be Financially Prepared
cigarettes, tobacco, and nicotine Many chronic conditions such as cancer While you can reduce your risk by
products can significantly reduce your and heart disease can be treated if found following these healthier aging tips, several
risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke/ early. That’s why you should have a factors, including family history, could still
hypertension. Many products on the physical exam every year (including cause you to develop a chronic condition.
market have shown positive smoking eye exam) and then consult with your That’s why many ROA Members make sure
cessation results. Consult with your physician about other health screenings they’re financially prepared with the ROA
physician to choose the best one for your appropriate for your age and risk factors. Short-Term Recovery Insurance Plan.
situation. For more information about ROA’s
6 Stimulate your brain. When insurance plan, call 1-800-247-7988 or
2 Maintain a healthy weight. you exercise your mind, you can help visit the ROA insurance plan website at
Obese individuals are at higher risk of keep away memory loss, Alzheimer’s, www.roainsure.com. RO