the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.“an improvement in the patient’s well-being”
Jane Brody, a writer for the New York Times, evaluates her overall health as “healthy”.
At 74 she works part-time, walks three miles and swims three-quarters of a mile nearly every day, shovels snow and walks her puppy.
However, due to arthritis she had a double-knee replacement 10 years ago, her spine is a mess, and her back hurts. She has tinnitus and some hearing loss in one ear. She was also treated for breast cancer 16 years ago and takes a statin.
So how do we define healthy? Most people, like Jane, are aging with chronic ailments and disabilities, yet they continue to enjoy life and function independently. Maybe we should think of healthy as: “An individual’s ability to cope with life’s ailments, while continuing to function with fulfillment and a feeling of well-being”.(Machtel Huber and colleagues BMJ 2011).
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