Definition of health is one that is very difficult to coin. The term makes varied impressions to various people. It is subject to opinion. WHO defines health as a state of physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial well-being. In a lay man’s language, for you to be a healthy person all aspects of your life should be in check.
This can be quite hard to achieve especially in this day and age of global economic crisis, hurricanes, and political wrangles. So for most of us physical and mental wellness is simply enough to consider when it comes to defining the standards of health. The risk of chronic ailments such as diabetes and hypertension have seen the increasing need for drugs to control such ailments. Most of the aged persons are on numerous drug regimens for one disease or the other.
The scope of the ailments that make aging a difficult process is so wide to exhaust on paper. Just to mention a few; Alzheimer, prostate cancer, osteoarthritis, congestive cardiac failure, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are just some of the most common diseases of the elderly. One would wonder if, with all these physical diseases, someone would term the sunset of their years as healthy days. To prove that the definition of health is relative, most of the elderly persons with chronic illness look at emotional satisfaction, peace and the joy of having their immediate family around them as enough reason to be healthy. Emotional well-being is the priority at this age. The incidences of obesity and lifestyle diseases are becoming a cause of concern and many young people are ailing because of poor lifestyle choices. This particular group is focused on the physical aspects of health. Dieting and exercising are the primary focus for this age group. The need to maintain physical well-being is important so that they can advance in age and see what becomes of themselves.
Mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar and addictions cut across all ages. More and more people in the world today are exhibiting signs of depressive disorders. This explains the rising number of homicides, divorces, and suicides all over the world. The state of mental, social and financial health of the world today is wanting. It would be correct to say that virtually 80% of the world’s population has a social or financial ailment. The peculiar thing about this is the fact that in the first few years of mental diseases, it difficult to clearly recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease.
The advancement in the world of medicine has seen the development of drugs that go a long way in alleviating most of these problems. There may be no pharmaceutical drug to prescribe for bankruptcy or debt, but there is surely a solution to the depression that comes with such situations.
Pharmaceutical preparations and drugs have seen more and more people live lives free of obesity and hypertension. Controlled chronic ailments have seen more and more people live happier lives amidst serious and terminal diseases like cancers. Drugs and pharmaceutical products have made a contribution towards a healthier generation. However, when all is said and done, health starts from within. It is a way of life.