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Job Stress After 60 Can Be Risky

Last week, I posted blogs that detailed new concerns baby-boomers will have to face in the coming years:

  • The rising mortality rate in this country for age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, hypertension, Parkinson's and kidney disease.
  • A shortfall of doctors, thanks to overly generous calculations by the AMA and the conventional health care paradigm focused on curing symptoms, rather than treating the true causes of illness.

A lot of them are motivated, for a variety of reasons, to keep working well into their 60s. However, the workload and stress many of them handle today may become harder to handle once they reach 60, according to a new study monitoring the health of some 400 adults ranging in age from 40-70.

Patients wore blood pressure monitors that took readings every 45 minutes, and recorded their moods, particularly when they were dealing with problems at the time their vitals were checked.

Generally, adults in the 60-70 bracket had an elevated diastolic reading (about 5 points) during stressful times. And the discrepancy in those readings in stressful situations widened as patients got older. Scientists found younger patients to be more excitable than their older co-workers about perceived problems but didn't have the same elevated blood pressure readings.

Stress can play major havoc on your immune system. The key to staying healthy is not eliminating the stress itself, as we're all exposed to stress daily, but adjusting your body's ability to tolerate it. Of course, limiting stressful situations as much as possible will help. I've found energy psychology tools like the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can be very useful in battling the daily stressors in your life.

A form of psychological acupressure, EFT, is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for more than 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. You can review my free online manual to learn how to use this effective tool.

USA Today March 8, 2005

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