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Healthy Living to 100

(WOC) Long wait lists, rising costs and tough conversations have left families hungry for a better alternative when transitioning loved ones to independent, assisted and memory care living. A study from 2012 found that 65 percent of older adults with long-term care needs rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance and over 75 percent of those caregivers are women. This same study found the number one fear of the nearing elderly is running out of money. Being a burden to their families,  a close second. In the upcoming 25 years, the 65+ age group will grow faster than ever leaving many in need of additional care-givers.

Let’s face it, there’s no place like home. Unfortunately, this luxury of living the last days of life at home are becoming less and less common with people living longer but also having more and more health issues. In fact, a recent study published in British scientific journal Age and Aging expects the number of seniors with four or more chronic diseases to double by 2035. This includes a 179.4 percent increase in the diagnosis of cancer and a 118.1 percent increase in diabetes. Currently, 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic disease and 77 percent have at least two.

This growing issue isn’t all bad as it has left us looking for more effective alternatives to improve our overall health, especially in the elderly. Recent studies show the answer lies less in treatment and more in preventative measures, well before chronic issues begin. A recent study by the Society for Prevention Research showed an increase from 16 percent usage to 22 percent usage of preventative measures in a 5 year span. Of the commonly listed alternatives, Chiropractic ranked number one with over 35 million Americans seeing a Chiropractor annually and three in four people who saw a Chiropractor in the last year (77%) described chiropractic care as “very-effective”.

“Chiropractic care for the 40-65 year old age group is crucial. If I’m a son or daughter of someone in that age range, I’m making certain they are seeing a Chiropractor regularly so we can avoid as much of these later life problems as possible.” says LIV Chiropractic’s lead Doctor, Dr. Scott Hawkins. “In Pain Medicine, an Oxford Journal documented chiropractic users have a 64% decrease in receiving an opioid prescription than non users! That’s huge.”

LIV Chiropractic, a Corrective Chiropractic Clinic in Edina, MN focusing primarily on graceful aging has used body work to help patients from all around the Twin Cities live better, longer. “Our technique comes recommended by Medical Doctors due to how safe and effective the procedure is, it’s the real deal.” states Dr. Hawkins.

“Chiropractic care has worked wonders in my life” stated a long time Chiropractic patient, “I’m 82 years old and I can run circles around some of these people in there 40’s'” he continued with a chuckle, “body work is great because it doesn’t take any drugs or surgery to get me better. I come 2 times a week, sometimes even 3, because I notice the difference the more that I go. I’ll go until I drop”.

Interested in learning more? LIV Chiropractic does informative classes that are free to the public to learn more about the benefits of Chiropractic and what it looks like to become a patient at LIV Chiropractic. Dr. Scott made it very clear that going to any Chiropractor will not necessarily solve your problem and what they do at LIV Chiropractic is certainly different than what you have experienced in the past.

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