The first “P”, prediction helps us to educate ourselves. An example of prediction is the way life insurance companies look at lab tests and life styles to see if you may live 20 years, have genetic issues or other significant risk factors. This is a type of predictive modeling your personal primary care doctor may use, too.
The second “P”, prevention, is knowledge you receive and apply to your lifestyle in order to stave off unhealthy diseases and disorders–spiritual, mental or physical. Daily lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, emotions, a genetically inherited disorder or disease, attitude and belief all play a role in health and wellness. An example of preventative action would be visiting the dentist. You may go every six months, but you still need to commit to the day to day care of your teeth.
If you are uncomfortable with a health care providers information or decision, don’t take his/her word at face value. Challenge your medical provider’s info (not his intelligence) and ask questions. You are the customer. Write down the questions before your appointment. Take notes during the visit. Take along a trusted friend or family member so they can hear what you missed. Baby Boomers are polite and resourceful people, and we do not have to be intimidated by asking questions. Some questions to ask may be:
1) Why this medicine over another medicine?
2) What are the side effects of this medicine or procedure? When can I cut back or stop treatment?
3) When will I feel better?
4) What will I need to do to maintain improvement?
5) How will I know if this is going to work? Where can I get more information?
6) Is there an alternative or complimentary treatment that is available?
Practicing the 3 P’s will help you to focus on what is possible for your wellness. Wellness is not static. It concentrates on the present and the future. Wellness Coaching follows the same path. AS Baby Boomers, focusing on where you are right now and desiring to enhance you future (as well as the here and now) contributes to your overall well being and healthier senior years.