In New York we are starting to see the weather turning cold and the days growing shorter. It becomes the time to get out the coats and scarves, but that is not the only thing to redo in your daily routine. There also becomes the struggle with how to stay healthy with less time to workout and more people on crowded streets and subways with contagious coughs and colds all around you. Even more of a concern is for our older parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents as they fight to stay fit.
Like many Baby Boomers, award-winning entertainer and music icon Patti LaBelle takes steps to stay healthy, including exercising and eating right. Yet, despite being a health-conscious Boomer, LaBelle knows there are diseases that can take her out of her routine: such as pneumococcal pneumonia, a potentially serious bacterial lung disease.
We recently talked to the singer and asked her how we encourage healthy living, as well as have awareness for loved ones to stay away from sickness. LaBelle and Pfizer Inc have launched the incredibly helpful All About Your Boom campaign to bring about public awareness and empowerment to adults 65 and older to get a new attitude about the risks of pneumococcal pneumonia and the importance of staying up-to-date on the CDC-recommended vaccinations.
With age the immune systems naturally weaken. Yet, many Boomers may not believe they’re at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia because they lead energetic lifestyles, feel good and are still booming.
The legendary singer herself knows the importance of gaining the knowledge to stay healthy while at the same time learning that it is just as important to stay active.
“I am 73 and I’m very interested in taking care of my health as all of us are,” stated the icon. “Every performance is an exercise because I am very active on stage.”
Other activities for her include taking walks with her beloved dog and cleaning her home. But, even healthy Boomers are at risk because pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious and, in some cases, life-threatening illness that can strike at any time and can stop Boomers from doing the things they love. Pneumococcal pneumonia can be spread by coughing, and symptoms can develop quickly and may include high fever, excessive sweating, shaking chills, coughing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Certain symptoms, such as cough and fatigue, may last for weeks or longer.
“Like many my age, I have a pretty dynamic lifestyle and still feel young at heart. I continue to tour, and enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. I don’t want anything to interfere with doing the things I love,” LaBelle said. “That’s why I talk to my doctor and ensure I am up-to-date with my vaccinations. It’s a simple step that can help protect me from certain illnesses that become a greater risk for Boomers like me.”
Fulfilling that promise to encourage fellow Boomers to explore new passions, LaBelle brought together singers 65 and older to sing one of her classic songs, but Patti and her crew had a surprise for them once they got on stage. To watch the video, and find out more about the campaign and pneumococcal pneumonia, go to AllAboutYourBoom.com.
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