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The National Institute on Aging reveals that elderly Americans are now living longer and enjoy better health. The numbers speak for themselves – life expectancy has jumped from 12 years for 65-year old Americans in the 1900s to 18 years in 2000. This, in part, can be attributed to better access to health services and advanced treatment methods. But much has to do with how we take care of our body and mind. So, does this mean that a more recent estimate indicating there will be over a million Americans aged 100 and above by 2050, will actually come true? And will you be one among these privileged few? The right attitude to health can reap rich rewards Living to the ripe old age of 80 and more need not be a distant dream – you can make it happen. Not only can you live longer but live the years in good health. Healthy aging does not require a miracle solution – you only need to follow a few basics with regard to diet, exercise and stress to boost life expectancy and cut risks of age-related disorders. You may even be familiar with some, but reiterating them will reinforce their importance and motivate you to incorporate positive changes into your life. Watch what you eat Here’s a tip from Okinawa (in Japan), the land with the highest number of centenarians-“eat till you are 80% full”. In other words, practice portion control to keep weight gain and associated diseases at bay. Cutting portion size and eating 5-6 smaller meals a day is advocated by most dieticians. Follow this eating best practice – it’s easy, just make sure you don’t load your plate till it tips over and order smaller-sized portions in restaurants (if the restaurant doesn’t offer this option, share the order with a friend or family member). An important part of ‘eating right’ is whipping up a balanced meal with a high nutritional content. Hold the red meat and try sumptuous seafood (rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that keep heart disease and Alzheimer’s at bay) instead. Incorporate garden vegetables, nuts and grains in your diet; they all form a part of the daily diet of Okinawans and Sardinians, who share the highest centenarian accolade with Okinawa. Limit intake of processed food, and replace sodas with fresh fruit juice. Exercise your way to 80 A sedentary lifestyle is a deal killer as far as both your mind and body are concerned. You can’t blame the fast paced technological world for making you inactive. Even if you are required to spend long hours at the computer, take some time out to go for a jog or swim, or even just take breaks to go for quick walks, and make time for an hour or so to exercise or indulge in outdoor games on weekends. There are many ways to plan your exercise schedule in accordance with your lifestyle – all you need to do is put some effort into it. In this regard, you can seek some inspiration from the Sardinians, who ‘exercise’ by cutting wood, pasturing sheep, feeding cows and trimming trees. Of course, you may not be able to do this, but you can bicycle to work or the supermarket, and cut and trim your lawn. Manage stress better You cannot avoid stress, what you can do is manage it and try to cut it down. Experts suggest a few ways to beat the stress, which includes building the right supportive social circle and spending more time in the company of your family. The focus on family is particularly important in view of a research establishing that that the life expectancy of married people and grandparents who stay with their families is higher than single and divorced people. Pay attention to all aspects of health Even as you lead a healthy lifestyle, get the clean chit from doctors by scheduling timely check-ups. As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to specific debilitating disorders. Heart, eye and dental check-ups are imperative, as are other examinations in connection with factors like gender and family medical history. For more information about our office please visit www.drsamromano.com
As one of the very few dentists licensed to administer IV sedation in NJ (other than Oral Surgeons there are less than 100 IV sedation permits in NJ) I get a lot of patients calling the office for the service. They come from throughout northern and central NJ looking for something that almost all don’t and can’t offer. Do you need to be Sedated? There is a lot of talk these days about Sedation Dentistry. It has become a life changing experience for many. Millions of people avoid going to the dentist each year because of fear, anxiety, negative childhood experience, gag reflex to name just a few. Many people have asked me to talk about the topic. Sedation dentistry is the fastest growing alternative to traditional dental treatment. When your body gets into the anxious mode it releases hormones and chemicals that can leave your muscles tight and tired. While sedated, your body is relaxed and all those corrosive chemicals are absent. You wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed. You can get more dentistry done in one visit rather than multiple visits making it convenient and less stressful. IV Sedation, may be a more appropriate alternative for people who are nervous or apprehensive about dental procedures or who require complicated or lengthy treatments. This sedation will allow you to be relaxed throughout the entire procedure. You will remain conscious (unlike general anesthesia) but you will be in a complete state of relaxation. Your vital signs are constantly monitored. When you awake you will feel refreshed and have little memory of the procedure. For more information about Dr. Sam Romano please visit my website www.drsamromano.com
Dr. Sam Romano and Dr. Mike Pikos I Just got back from a symposium on bone and soft tissue grafting by Dr’s. Pikos, and Salama. They are world famous for their work in the area. One of the additional speakers was Dr. Eduardo Anitua from Spain. His presentation was amazing. His pioneering research will change how we do things in regard to growing bone in areas that are currently deficient. The good news is the future is now. I’m really excited to be bringing some of his techniques into the office in the next couple of months.
Our “Give Kids A Smile” Day was a huge success! I could not have done it without all the wonderful support from my staff. Thank you Lorraine, Kay, Terry, Jackie, Desiree, and Jacqui. I am so proud of all of you and I congratulate all of you for your excellent support and service. As a result we were able to see a large number of children. I am so proud to have you all on my team. You are the best!! I would also like to thank the many Madison supporters that donated goods and services to help make this day great! Staples, The Bagel Château, Stop and Shop, and CJ’s Deli. A special thanks to Simon Mandal for entertaining our waiting room children with his wonderful magic and balloon creations. I also want to thank Wal-Mart of Cedar Knolls, Colgate, Henry Shein for donating dental supplies and Sehrish Iqbal for helping us in hygiene. Special thanks to Mayor Mary-Anna Holden for coming out to our office and supporting our community for this wonderful cause. Dr. Sam Romano 120 Park Ave Madison NJ 07940
Dr. Romano is one of only 100 dentists in the over 7000 Dentists in New Jersey licensed to administer conscious (IV) sedation, Dr. Romano is specially trained to treat anxious, fearful patients. To learn more visit him at www.DrSamRomano.com