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Learning From the Wisdom of the Elderly

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In the movie Dumb and Dumber, actor Jim Carey stated “old people, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose”.  Now I don’t want to get into the driving habits of people some may consider old, but according to some new research we can learn a lot from the wisdom of the elderly on how to live a happier and more fulfilling life.  Apparently the elderly are much happier than those generations younger than them and in the following video I explain some of the common lifestyle choices that are responsible for this happiness.

I think that my favourite piece of wisdom from the elderly was the statement that we should treat our bodies like we are going to need them for 100 years.  I think that just like any mechanical device we own there is preventative maintenance and panic maintenance.  Preventative is where you supply the device with what it needs on an ongoing basis to optimize function and to prevent anything major from happening, while panic maintenance is more just letting things run and fixing anything that breaks along the way.  Obviously with panic maintenance there is a lot of down time and loss of production of the machine when things do break down.  The same goes for our bodies.  If we don’t make time to take care of our bodies then we better make time to be sick.

This trade off in time between maintenance and chronic disease was a big thing with the elderly where they thought of chronic disease as a “jail sentence” due to the fact that they were still alive but unable to do the things that they wanted to do.  There are many people that use chiropractic in the panic way and are unaware of the preventative measures that can be taken by having a properly functioning spine and nervous system all of the time and not just when they are in pain.  If you are interested more in preventative care please do not hesitate to book an appointment to discuss this further.


Written by Dr. Aaron Cain

Health, wellness, and optimum performance have always interested Dr. Cain. As a kid and early adult, he spent a lot of time training for the goal of being the best hockey player that he could be. This quest brought him to different levels, including junior hockey in Flin Flon Manitoba, Northern Michigan University, The Calgary Flames minor league system, and then over to Europe. As the level of competition increased, it became more apparent that even small increases in performance could make a large difference in what level a player could reach. His experience really motivated him to research optimum performance in athletes. It made sense to him that, if the brain and nervous system control the entire body, the better that this system works, the better the person works. This led Dr. Cain to his next path, Chiropractic School in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Cain received a master’s degree that focused on athletes and human performance. As fun as it was to work with athletes of all different levels, he started to shift his focus more towards family practice and educating people on not only chiropractic, but also on the way they eat, move, and think. Dr. Cain has always loved the city of Calgary and all that the mountains had to offer. So in 2004, he decided to move here and start his chiropractic practice. Since that time, he has found it very rewarding to help the people of his community reach their health goals and to expand their minds to what is possible by making healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Cain looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the level of health you deserve.
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