The Lifelong Pursuit of Healthy Aging

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Consumers of all ages seek nutritional support for long-term, sustainable health and wellness.

An aging society is having a global impact on attitudes toward health, as more consumers adopt proactive ways to live well, longer.

According to a 2017 United Nations report on “World Population Prospects,” there were an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or older worldwide in 2017, and this figure could more than double by 2050, reaching 2.1 billion. By 2100, this age group is expected to more than triple, rising to 3.1 billion.

Meanwhile, the National Council on Aging (NCOA), reported that 80% of adults aged 65 and older have at least one chronic disease; 68% have two or more, according to 2015 data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hypertension was the leading chronic condition (58%), according to NCOA, followed by high cholesterol (47%), arthritis (31%), ischemic heart disease or coronary heart disease (29%), diabetes (27%), chronic kidney disease (18%), heart failure (14%), depression (14%), Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (11%), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (11%).

Increasingly, consumers are utilizing nutritional interventions to defend against age-related health challenges. “According to the World Health Organization, healthy aging is the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age,’’ explained Shaheen Majeed, worldwide president, Sabinsa, East Windsor, NJ. “An individual’s ability to meet basic needs, to be mobile, to learn, grow and make decisions, to build and maintain relationships, and to make contributions to society are described as ‘functional ability.’”

Observant of the aging population, and associated health challenges, younger age groups are more aware today of preventive measures that can help ensure independent, active living.

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