Aging and Exercise


There is no denying that time and stress take a toll on the human body. Aging bodies take longer to repair themselves, and chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis can lead to pain, weakness, and fatigue. Yet physical activity has been repeatedly shown to improve physical health, reduce the effects of chronic conditions, and even preserve neuro-cognitive functioning. Older people can derive tremendous benefits from an exercise program, but it is important to develop an individualized program to meet each person’s unique needs.


aging and benefits of exerciseBenefits of Exercise for Older People

No matter what your current health status or age, regular exercise carries numerous benefits. For older adults, these include but are not limited to:


Better Immune Function: If your body is healthy and strong, it will fight off illnesses and infections more easily. Rather than completely depleting you, an illness will become merely a short-term setback.


Improved Respiratory and Cardiovascular Function: Regular exercise lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. It helps keep up your oxygen levels and efficiently distribute oxygen throughout your body. This, in turn, allows your body to function more easily, keeping you healthier at any age.


Stronger Bones: Osteoporosis is a huge risk for women in particular, but it can affect men as well. Strength training can halt and even reverse bone loss, improve balance, and lower the risk for fractures.


Better Digestive Health: Frequent exercises boosts the metabolism, promotes efficient waste elimination, and improves overall digestive health.


Minimizing Chronic Conditions: Regular activity lowers the risk of many chronic conditions, and reduces the symptoms of those that have already developed. For example, targeted exercises can help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their coordination and balance, extending their independence.


Lowering Risks of Age-Related Conditions and Death: Research has even shown that older adults who maintain a regular exercise schedule are less likely to develop limitations brought on by age, and are more likely to live longer.


The Problem with Traditional Medicine

Traditional medicine is set up in a way that leaves very little opportunity for personalized care. Squeezed by insurance companies, Medicare paperwork, and other demands, physicians in traditional practice often have long waits and 15-minute appointment times. Though they mean well, the current medical model simply does not allow doctors to spend the time that they need to craft individualized treatment plans for patients in average health for their age. This is a huge problem, as aging adults need exercise programs that are uniquely targeted to their specific needs and current limitations.


The Concierge Difference

Concierge doctors have far smaller patient loads and far fewer documentation requirements. This allows us to spend as much time as we need with each patient, and to be available when needed with little to no wait. If you are an older adult, we have the opportunity to sit down with you and discuss your health history, current issues, and goals in depth. We can craft a program that truly works for you, and can speak with you or see you as needed to answer your questions and tweak your program.


There is no reason for older adults to stop exercising or to accept physical limitations as an inevitable part of the aging process. Yet older adults need targeted exercise programs that address their unique needs. While the traditional medical model leaves doctors little time to focus their in-depth attention on patients in average health, concierge medicine allows us to focus on what truly matters—our patients’ needs.


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If you have ever wished for an old-fashioned family doctor that you could simply call on when needed, contact Country Doc Concierge today at 914-984-5052 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.


5 Benefits of Pro-Aging Over Anti-Aging


Youth is worshiped in today’s world, and many people internalize ageist stereotypes. Anti-aging products are readily available, along with plastic surgeries that promise to turn back time. While there is nothing wrong with attempting to look and feel your best, research shows that the way you perceive aging can actually affect your aging process. Here are 5 benefits of pro-aging (being confident in your own aging process) over anti-aging (thinking negatively about the process).


Benefits of pro-aging over anti-aging


Longer Life

According to research, people who have a more positive attitude toward their own aging live an average of 7.5 years longer than those who perceive aging negatively. Studies show that pro-aging attitudes affect the lifespan even more than cholesterol level, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and exercise.


Reducing Disability

Many people fear losing their independence later in life. Staying active both physically and mentally is critical, but so is your belief in your ability to remain independent. Anti-aging attitudes, such as the belief that pain and disease are inevitable, can weaken your motivation to stay healthy and can start a self-replicating cycle of weakness and disability.


Memory Boost

An expectation that you will lose your memory over time can actually become a self-fulfilling prophecy. According to research, those who expect to lose their memories are more than 30% worse at memory tasks than those who do not hold that expectation.


Heart Health

Studies show that young adults who convert an anti-aging mindset to a pro-aging mindset can actually reduce their risk of heart disease by a stunning 80% later in life. The reasons for this are not yet clear, though it may have something to do with being proactively heart healthy.


Changing Your Mindset

The first step in moving from anti-aging to pro-aging is to become aware of your own existing perceptions. What do you expect from the aging process? Do you see yourself as a vivacious, wise elder, or a disabled, senile senior?


Begin to visualize a healthy, vibrant retirement. Look into Eastern philosophies that value the wisdom of age. Spend time with older people who look and act younger than they are. Start to internalize the idea that you, too, can age gracefully and elegantly, and you will go a long way toward making this belief a reality. Tune in to the cycle of the year, celebrating and embracing the triumphs, hardships, and lessons learned each season. Take a proactive approach to your own health, and never allow concerns about age stop you from pursuing your dreams.


If you have ever wished for an old-fashioned family doctor that you could simply call on when needed, without lengthy waits in a crowded office, even for those unexpected emergencies, concierge medicine may be right for you. Dr. Jan Zislis provides concierge physician services across lower Westchester and Fairfield counties. If you are in the area, why not take advantage of our free, no-obligation consultation to learn more? Simply call Country Doc Concierge at 914-984-5052 to schedule your appointment.


Concierge Medicine Myths vs Realities


Concierge medicine is revolutionizing health care, putting the doctor-patient relationship first and reducing costs. Doctors have time to provide same day or next day care, to talk to their patients by phone or email, and even to make house calls when needed. They get to know the entire person rather than simply the illness of the day, and they can even become like a member of the family.


Yet despite the tremendous benefits of concierge medicine, many patients still do not fully understand the concierge model. Here is a look at the realities behind some common myths about concierge medicine.


Concierge Medicine versus Direct Primary Medicine


Myth: Concierge Medicine Is Only for the Rich

Reality: This is simply not true. Concierge medicine often costs as little as $125 to $150 per month, depending on exactly what is included and, in some cases, the patient’s age. More expensive packages are available, but they are not generally needed by those in average health.


Myth: The Additional Cost of Health Insurance Makes Concierge Medicine Unaffordable

Reality: Catastrophic health insurance is highly recommended as an adjunct to concierge medicine to protect you from high bills in the event of a major health crisis. However, many people with a concierge plan find that a high-deductible health insurance policy coupled with a Health Savings Account nicely meets their needs. Of course, insurance laws vary from state to state, so always check with your insurance agent and your accountant before making a final decision.


Myth: Concierge Medicine Is Creating a Shortage of Family Doctors

Reality: Without factoring in the concierge model, family doctors are leaving the profession in droves. The current insurance model is simply unsustainable, with primary care physicians forced to see dozens of patients per day, to spend a great deal of time on paperwork, and to make only a fraction of the salary that a specialist makes. The concierge model gives family doctors breathing room to remember why they became physicians in the first place.


Myth: Concierge Doctors Are Greedy

Reality: Concierge doctors, on average, earn the same amount as a specialist. They also do a great deal of charity work, with many dedicating approximately 10% of their patient load to those who cannot afford to pay. The concierge model is better for both doctors and patients.


Myth: Concierge Medicine Creates a Conflict of Interest

Reality: This is actually true, but in the opposite direction that you might think. The insurance model creates an endless list of conflicts of interest, as doctors are forced to limit or ration care in order to meet insurance companies profit standards.


Concierge medicine holds the doctor accountable to only one party: the patient. There is never a concern over whether a particular treatment will be approved, and no pressure to hawk the latest drug from big pharma.


Naturally, this creates a conflict of interest with the insurance companies and drug companies, who depend on physician cooperation to make money for their CEOs and shareholders. But which would you rather have—a doctor who has a conflict of interest with you, as in the insurance model, or one who has a conflict of interest with those who seek to maximize profits at your expense?


If you have ever wished for an old-fashioned family doctor that you could simply call on when needed, without lengthy waits in a crowded office, even for those unexpected emergencies, concierge medicine may be right for you. Dr. Jan Zislis provides concierge physician services across lower Westchester and Fairfield counties. If you are in the area, why not take advantage of our free, no-obligation consultation to learn more? Simply call Country Doc Concierge at 914-984-5052 to schedule your appointment.


Why Concierge Medicine is Revolutionizing Health Care

concierge medicine revolutionizes health care

Remember when you could call up your doctor and see him tomorrow? How about your annual physical, when when he would spend 30 minutes in front of you as he used his skills in diagnostic medicine to examine you, listen, and observe?

Back then, medical practices were paid fairly for the services they rendered. But now, everything has changed. Doctors are forced to see 2-3 times as many patients to earn the same salary as they did 5 years ago. That means seeing a different patient every 10-15 minutes, with more than half of that time being spent inputting data into your electronic records. The same doctor that used to interact with you for 30 minutes is now spending just 15 minutes, of which only a couple of minutes are actually spent engaging you.
Now think about your doctor. When is the last time you spoke with him or her by phone? Or had your physician come to your home for a visit? When was the last time your doctor recommended another physician outside his or her group? If you are like most people, the answer to all these questions is, “Never.” 

Oh, and let’s not forget how seeing the doctor impacts your life. You’re pretty busy also… Right?

The Concierge Difference

By limiting the number of patients to no more than a few hundred, and charging a reasonable price that is not subject to insurance, concierge doctors are able to provide the highest level of patient continuity, whether for an annual checkup or same day or next day care. They have the time to talk to patients by phone or email, and to meet patients at the emergency room if needed. They can also act as patient agents and advocates, setting up specialist appointments, ordering tests, and managing all aspects of their patients’ health care. In some ways, your concierge doctor becomes a true extension of family when he’s needed most.
A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care found that concierge medicine significantly decreases health care costs, even when the cost of a membership is factored in. With an average annual per-capita savings of $2,551, and an average membership cost of approximately $2,000 per year, the financial value is clear.

Why concierge medicine- What matters most to you?

  1. Convenience- When it’s your appointment, a concierge doctor is on time. Adding the rest of the family to your plan provides the same valuable access and convenience for everyone.
  2. Access to better doctors, surgeons, and rehabilitation specialists. With no corporate ties, the best doctors have the best access to the best colleagues.
  3. Diagnostic approach- Concierge doctors have the time to devote to you. It is an economic model that works for patients as well as doctors.
  4. Holistic approach- Concierge doctors are not bound by corporate rules on how to practice medicine.
  5. Home visits- It’s more than convenient, it means not having to go out when you are in a bad way. A home visit may even help you avoid those dreaded words: “Meet me at the ER.”
  6. Emergency room experience-  When seconds count, you want your doctor, not someone else.


Better Care Equals Better Health

Concierge medicine also shows tremendous improvements in health outcomes. The American Journal of Managed Care study found that patients experienced 56 percent less non-elective hospitalizations, 49 percent fewer avoidable hospitalizations, and 63 percent less non-avoidable hospitalizations than patients of traditional doctors. Readmission rates were also more than 90 percent lower for pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarctions. 
The data was confirmed by a British study, which found similar decreases in health care spending, hospitalizations, and specialist visits. Clearly. concierge medicine is beneficial for both doctors and patients. 

Continuing Issues

While concierge doctors tend to have better outcomes than traditional physicians,there is still room for improvement. The fact remains that all concierge practices are not the same, and it is not really about who is better or worse. It is about varying practice philosophies, like the difference between a corporate concierge business with hundreds of local practices, and a forward-thinking small practice incorporating the latest holistic and anti-aging services.

Which practice is right for you?

Do your research. Check with friends, as well as with online physician referral sites like Healthgrade and Vitals. Every concierge doctor should offer a free consultation to make sure you are comfortable with the practice. And don’t forget to ask how many patients are members of the practice. Remember, prices vary considerably based on the type and amount of care needed. 

If you have ever wished for an old-fashioned family doctor that you could simply call on when needed, without lengthy waits in a crowded office, even for those unexpected emergencies, concierge medicine may be right for you. Dr. Jan Zislis provides concierge physician services across lower Westchester and Fairfield counties. If you are in the area, why not take advantage of our free, no-obligation consultation to learn more? Simply call Country Doc Concierge at 914-984-5052 to schedule your appointment.

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