Aging Matters | Healthy Aging

The sixth documentary in Nashville Public Television's Aging Matters examines broadly the pursuit of health and well-being as we age.  What is it about age that changes how we understand health? Two thirds of Medicare beneficiaries live with more than one chronic disease.  But health is more than healthcare.  The things that matter most in life, are the same whether you are 65, 95, or 25 – community, meaningful relationships, and a sense of purpose.

The Experts

Healthy Aging: Panel Discussion

Statistics Explained

10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the US.  Many older Americans enjoy better health, and a higher quality of life than previous generations, but the health status of Americans over the age of 65 is changing. 
Source:  Healthy Aging Policy Brief, White Conference on Aging, 2015. [link
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As people age, lifestyle choices catch up, the odds in the genetic lottery play out and the consequences of an unhealthy environment take their toll.   Three out of four Americans over the age of fifty five live with at least one chronic condition.  
Source:  The State of Aging & Health in America, Healthy Aging, CDC, 2013.  [link
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In Tennessee, seniors are at a disadvantage when comes to physical health and nutrition.  
Tennessee’s seniors rank 44th in overall health,  48th in physical activity.  One in five seniors struggles with hunger.  Nearly one in three is obese.  

Source: America’s Health Rankings, Senior Report, 2015.  [link]
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According to AARP, cognitive decline ranks among the leading concerns of aging Americans.   But like many other aspects of healthy aging, knowing what works to promote brain health and what doesn’t can be hard to figure out. 
Source: AARP, Brain Health Research Study, 2015.   [link