By Ann Sullivan
In the 20th Century, the average life expectancy for seniors rose significantly from around 50 to more than 75 years of age. Contributing factors include improvements in public health care, vital nutrition, and advances in medicine. Preventative and early detection health care also contributed to prolonged life expectancy. Health and Safety in the workplace, and fewer people smoking and drinking added to the longer average life span. During the Roman era, life expectancy was between 22-25 years of age. By 1900 it had increased to 30 years. 1985 saw the average of 62 years. In recent years, 67-75 became the average. Many seniors, however, are living much longer with a higher quality of life as well. In fact, in the United States the average is as high as 83.
1) Better Health Care
For seniors who have Medicare, the first 12 months offers a free physical and a free annual wellness checkup in the years following. So, it’s recommended that you take advantage of staying ahead of any potential health issues. Prevention is the key to longevity. It’s further recommended to visit the dentist every six months, and get your vision checked for any changes as well. Advances in medicine, along with preventative care, are adding years to modern day senior’s lives. Staying informed about medications, interactions, and potential side effects is easy to do with the assistance of the internet. It’s also a good idea to keep notes and make sure to inform your doctor of any changes or questions. Health Care has come a long way in recent years. Better health care has been shown to add years to the lives of senior’s nowadays.
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