The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that one in six women and one in 10 men age 55 and older will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Whether we know someone afflicted with the debilitating disease or a caregiver supporting a loved one, Alzheimer’s affects all aspects of life, including the workplace.
September is National Prostate and Ovarian Cancer awareness month. The Center for Disease Control reports that Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths for men in the U.S. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading for women. Prevention and early detection are crucial in fighting these fatal diseases. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment can improve the survival rate to 90% or higher. Employers are encouraged to incorporate wellness initiatives that will inform their employees about the symptoms, risks, and prevention of both prostate and ovarian cancer.
Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that one-third of Americans have high blood pressure, but only half of them are actively controlling the condition. The problem isn’t just occurring in the United States. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 billion adults over the age of 25 have uncontrolled hypertension.
According to a 2007 survey conducted by NCAM (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) approximately 38 percent of Americans age 18 and over report using some form of alternative medicine, including various forms of acupuncture. In a time of highly stressed and overworked employees, acupuncture may offer a solution to millions of people afflicted with chronic pain. Employers are encouraged to educate their employees about the benefits and risks involved in acupuncture as an alternative form of pain relief.
The Baby Boomers are aging, but continuing to make an impact. Reports show that older workers currently make up one-third of the US workforce, and many of them are continuing to work past the legal retirement age. By 2016, workers aged 65 and over are expected to account for 6.1 percent of the total labor force. Baby Boomers offer employers a wealth of skills, including loyalty, expertise, and an excellent work ethic. HR professionals can help older workers with the many health concerns they face as they age, by adding necessary initiatives to their wellness program.