Botox can take away wrinkles and Viagra can give men back a little bit of their libido, but they cannot stave off the effects of aging on the body.
According to the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” while baby boomers are living longer, there is a presumption that boomers are the healthiest generation which is not true. Baby boomers only appear to be healthier because of the increased use of medications.
As the number of baby boomers increases so will the rate of diagnosis of more serious ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer's among others. While diet and exercise, both aerobic and weight lifting, is a strong deterrent to many health issues there are some minor ailments which baby boomers may not be able to stave off.
Among these ailments are shingles, vertigo, tinnitus, weakened depth perception and joint stiffness.
Here are some way baby boomers can slow down or combat these ailments.
Shingles is the chicken pox round 2.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. People who are 60 and older are prone to occurrences of shingles if they have had the chicken pox at any time in their lives but it can strike earlier.
Shingles may start out as a headache or flu like symptoms, but eventually turns into a rash and then blisters.
Singles is extremely painful and has no cure though some anti viral ointments may help ease the pain if used within the first 72 hours.
A shingles virus is available but is recommended not to get the shingles shot before age 60.
It is also important to get to the doctor as soon as possible because a severe outbreak can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Tinnitus is another ailment which is common to baby boomers. Tinnitus is an incessant ringing in the ears which may last for hours or even days.
Tinnitus is the first sign of a high frequency hearing loss.
While there are many presumed causes for tinnitus, such as excessive exposure to loud noises, wax build up, among others. There is no real cure for tinnitus but there are ways to mask the noise, such as having soft noise running in the background.
Vertigo simply defined is a spinning motion or dizziness which is caused by an inner ear problem. According to WebMD, "people with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are: spinning, tilting, swaying, unbalanced other symptoms may include, feeling nauseated, abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus), headache, sweating, ringing in the ears or hearing loss.
The treatment for vertigo varies depending on what is causing the condition.
Weakened depth perception
As the eyes age corrective lenses often become a necessity for reading or driving. Most people don't realize though as the eyes change one eye may become more near sighted and the other may be a little more far sighed it also has an affect on their depth perception.
As depth perception deteriorates it affects a person's ability to make decisions when they drive. According to AARP spokesman David Bruns "one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers is a left turn in traffic" especially with a diminished depth perception.
Another side affect of a diminished eyesight is the ability to see in dim light.
The only way to deal with weakened depth perception is to take extra precautions when driving and if there is diminished eyesight at night try and plan as many outing before dark as possible.
Aging is hard on the joints. The older a person gets the more aches and pains they feel in their limbs after a long day on the job. The more stiffness a person feels in the limbs the less mobility they will have.
There are many remedies on the market to help ease joint stiffness and pain such as such as glucosamine. Another way to lessen joint pain is to get in a good dose of light weight training for the legs well as to keep moving.
Also remember if there is an excessive amount of joint pain make sure to see a physician.