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FEW OLDER ADULTS TALK TO DOCS ABOUT STUFF LIKE YOGA AND MEDITATION

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As research continues to show the importance of the mind-body connection in health, and as more rigorous studies are done to determine what effects integrative strategies can have on various conditions, it’s important for patients and providers to keep the lines of communication open.says Rachael Maciasz. (Credit: Getty Images)

Nearly 40% of older adults use at least one integrative medicine strategy to try to ease symptoms of a physical or mental health issue, or to help them relax, a new poll finds.

Whether they chose chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, or another non-conventional option 38% found it very beneficial, and another 54% said it was somewhat beneficial.

Women, and adults aged 50 to 64, were more likely to use such strategies than men or those age 65 to 80.

But only 18% of older adults who currently use, formerly used, or are interested in using integrative health strategies have actually talked about it with a health care provider.

The new results from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging suggest that primary care clinicians should discuss with patients whether they’re using any integrative medicine strategies, which ones, and why.

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