Take Care of Your Health: Enjoy Longer Years of Well-Being
BrightFocus Foundation has simple, easy-to-understand materials you can distribute on site to promote healthy aging. Hand them out during recognition events such as Healthy Aging Month in September, Sun Safety Week in June, Healthy Vision Month in May, or National Alzheimer's Awareness Month in November. Or use them at staff meetings, through paycheck distribution, or via other methods to inform employees about the importance of healthy aging.
BrightFocus supplies copies of our educational resources in English and Spanish at low cost, or in some cases free of charge, to promote healthy vision.
- Download publications from the BrightFocus website at www.brightfocus.org. (free option).
- Request samples of publications and display them around your worksite, in employee break room, at health fair, or via other methods. (low cost)
For more information or to order samples, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-437-2423
Americans are living longer. The number of people age 65 and older was 39.6 million in 2009. It is expected to increase to about 72.1 million older persons by 2030, more than twice their number in 2000. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the US.
In 2000-2009, only 40.0% of non-institutionalized older persons assessed their health as excellent or very good; compared to 64.7% for all persons aged 18-64 years. About 35% of persons aged 65-74, and 24% of persons 75+ reported that they engage in regular leisure-time physical activity.
Aging is one of the risk factors for developing degenerative diseases like open-angle glaucoma, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer's disease. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. Alzheimer's disease usually begins after age 60 and risk increases with age. Younger people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s may get Alzheimer's disease, but it is rare. 80% of vision loss is preventable. The most important step to preserving vision is a comprehensive annual eye exam. By adopting healthy behaviors and practices such as diet, exercise, not smoking, and social engagement; you can prevent chronic diseases, protect your vision, and improve your well-being.