Creating a Better Way of Life for Older Adults
Sunday, March 17, 2013
There are research studies investigating many topics from the best diet to the new, latest diet pills to…everything diet related. But I recently saw an older article in the Wall Street Journal (2011) on improving the quality of life through preventing muscle loss in older adults which intrigued me.
The Mayo Clinic Lab was studying the strategy for improving older adults’ health span involving age-related muscles loss. They evaluated that loss, which can lead to decreased mobility and therefore contribute to disease as they get older. This investigation on muscle loss and healthy span is key to quality of life, not just life span. Finding ways to reduce muscle loss helps to reduce the cost of end-of-life care. It empowers older adults to live their older years with vigor versus being warehoused.
Many of the participants in the studies performed by the clinic were former Mayo doctors or staff who were eager to continue their participation in the research process. The research expanded to include the use of wireless-enabled health related devices to help improve health issues and quality of life. Through programs such as using electronic tablet apps designed to help people stick with their medication regimes and to reduce the number of hospital re-admittance events by scheduling follow up doctor appointments and offering information on after-care.
Quality of life for the aging is important for the group as valued members of society and also healthcare cost management. These investigations help further both.