The National Academy of Sciences released the following study yesterday that should have us boomerangers going on the personal alert. While policy, economics, health care delivery, and funding are critical, what each of us can do is get our Individual Glow On! Our IGO is the next step in bringing forth the inner light--this is the energetics of vabooming. Those health energetics are composed of our heartminds, our bodies, our community connections and spirit, our family connections, our intimate love relations, our connection to the earth, and our committment to our inner light. Ultimately we will all turn back into the stardust from which we were born, but I for one want that to be a long long time from now. I have too much to say and do. Too many people who I have yet to meet and become friends with, too many parts of the world yet to see, cultures to experience, delicious foods to munch, creative notions to manifest, love to give and receive, spaces to explore...
What I found most disturbing about the following report was the certainty that most 65+ folk will be ill with some sort of chronic condition and taking some sort of medication. Longevity studies for other parts of the world show that diet, excercise, gardening, community and family connection and some sort of spiritual practice--whether it is regular hugging of trees--my preference--or more orthodox organized spiritual practice are the key ingredients to a long, healthful, productive, and happy life.
Remember that the root word of DISEASE is EASE. It is not health. Ease is the opposite of 'dis'ease. Ease is the state of balance which the human organism constantly seeks--that is the state of homeostasis. Ease comes from lowering stress, moving, eating less and better, sleeping, connecting, bringing forth your unique brillance, laughing, loving and being loved and more.
Clips from the full report:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 14, 2008
Health Care Work Force Too Small, Unprepared For Aging Baby Boomers;
Higher Pay, More Training, And Changes In Care Delivery Needed To Avert Crisis
WASHINGTON — As the first of the nation's 78 million baby boomers begin reaching age 65 in 2011, they will face a health care work force that is too small and woefully unprepared to meet their specific health needs, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, calls for bold initiatives starting immediately to train all health care providers in the basics of geriatric care and to prepare family members and other informal caregivers, who currently receive little or no training in how to tend to their aging loved ones. Medicare, Medicaid, and other health plans should pay higher rates to boost recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and care aides, said the committee that wrote the report.
The committee set a target date of 2030 — the year by which all baby boomers will have turned 65 or older — for the necessary reforms to take place.
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