They say money can’t buy you love, but can it buy you youth? Many of America’s 79 million baby boomers are counting on it, one dab of anti-aging cream and Botox injection at a time.
In a culture hyper-focused on looking forever youthful, today’s seniors are investing more and more of their retirement dollars in dietary supplements, human growth hormone therapy, dental cosmetics, collagen injections, plastic surgery and age-defying elixirs to tighten wrinkles, fade age spots, remove fat and boost energy. Market research predicts that Americans’ crave for anti-aging products will jump from the $80 billion spent in 2011 to $114 billion by 2015.
But attempts to turn back, or at least slow the clock, are not without risks to the body and to the pocketbook. While some organizations like the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine back the push for products and procedures that promise revitalized looks, the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission are continually on the hunt for bogus treatments and exaggerated advertising claims that disappoint and sometimes harm consumers (i.e., allergic reactions, bumpy scars, etc.).
In the quest to beat the effects of growing older, the reality is that there is no quick fix to aging well. Over time, bodies do age with natural changes in muscle mass, vision, sex drive and cardiovascular health. To use or not use some type of anti-aging help is a personal decision, but for low-cost measures to a younger appearance and keeping fit on the inside, many health professionals simply recommend the following:
Drink plenty of water.
Eat anti-aging foods including fruits and vegetables daily.
Practice dietary portion control.
Take essential vitamins.
Stay actively social with younger generations.
Where do you think older adults should draw the line with anti-aging methods?