Having good health can ensure independence, productivity, and security for our senior community, however, millions struggle every day with chronic disease, mental health issues, and impactful falls. With approximately 80% of older Americans having at least one chronic disease and 77% having at least two, a carefully scripted course of prescription medication is being currently balanced by most seniors. Chronic diseases actually account for about 75% of healthcare costs, leading to burdensome medical expenses and reoccurring pharmaceutical bills.
One in four American seniors suffers from some form of mental disorder including anxiety, depression, dementia, and more. Substance abuse problems in older adults are expected to double to five million by 2020. Untreated mental health issues and substance abuse significantly increase the risk of poor health, cascading symptoms and illnesses, and a higher rate of suicide. Americans over the age of 85 have the highest suicide rate of any age group.
CBD may offer a wide scope of health and therapeutic benefits that can enhance senior living, providing the independence and security our elderly community needs.