Why Take Charge of your Health?

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 51 – 4/29/15

Senior Woman Relaxing After Exercise

One day I was talking to one of my sisters about health changes as we grow older and she said “Yea, my health was good up until I turned fifty, then it was downhill after that.”  My sister has the same mindset my mom had:  the “oh well, bad health is inevitable when I get old.”  

Yegads, what an outlook!

My thinking is just the opposite!  I believe that we can and should be proactive about our health, not reactive.  After seeing the health problems my mom lived with, which included heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis, I was determined not to age that way. So far, I haven’t.  At almost 59 years old, I don’t have any of the conditions my mom suffered with, except for high cholesterol, which is controlled by my diet, exercise and a statin drug.  

We have a wealth of healthy aging resources at our fingertips nowadays; not only on the Internet, but in public libraries, bookstores, and television channels such as Discovery Health.  Why not use it to our advantage?  We’re living longer these days – don’t know about you, but I also want to live healthier, physically and mentally.  

Here are just a few of those resources that help us take charge of our health: 




How to Recognize a Stroke

High Blood Pressure and Strokes

Since May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, it’s not surprising that this month is also National Stroke Awareness Month, since high blood pressure is a primary risk factor for strokes.

My mom suffered from “mini-strokes,” or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) as she aged, due to her hypertenstion.

Several years ago, my brother-in-law suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, again, due to high blood pressure.  He was fortunate enough to have an employee who recognized stroke symptoms and acted quickly to get help.  That quick action helped my brother-in-law survive, though recovery wasn’t easy.
Would you recognize stroke symptoms?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes them as:


  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (particularly on one side of the body)
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Want to learn more?

How to Identify a Stroke (S-T-R)

National Stroke Association