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There is a shift in elderly care as a result of people living longer. A recent article in The Economist1 reported the fact that Americans are living longer, healthier lives than their grandparents. “By the early 2000s the state of health of American men aged 69, as reported by themselves, was as good as that of 60-year-olds in the 1970s; 70 really does seem to be the new 60.” That’s good news for people who want to live, work and enjoy life for many decades.
The question becomes how do you age well? The answer is to stay engaged, interested and healthy. According to The Economist, many people want to live a long life but aren’t doing what it takes to achieve that. “In a survey of Americans conducted by researchers at Stanford University, 77% of respondents said they wanted to live to 100, but only 42% claimed to be making a real effort to get there.” So elderly care may still a hot topic if you live an un-engaged lifestyle.
The lifestyle of a centenarian.
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The impact of work on aging.
Although continuing to work can be challenging in America where the workforce is still geared toward younger generations, organizations like the AARP are striving to change that. The Economist says the benefits of retaining older workers is well documented, even though adoption is not widespread. Employing older adults is not only effective for companies, who tend to boost organizational effectiveness and productivity, but also to older employees themselves.Those who work longer tend to stay healthier physically, emotionally and mentally. Getting up to go to work every morning provides a sense of purpose that can help to prevent anxiety and depression. Working also keeps the brain active and an active brain can help to prevent the onset of dementia.
The Economist reports “mixed teams perform better than single-generation ones. Companies that have taken this advice to heart, such as Deutsche Bank, report fewer mistakes and positive feedback between young and old.”
While the US catches up and realizes that retaining older workers is beneficial, there are other ways to remain employed.
Living to 100 years old requires you to develop a longer plan for your professional career than you may have previously considered. Living to 100 also means pushing back the need for costly elderly care. These resources and much more like them can help you to reinvent yourself.
The impact of newly-discovered passions on aging.
Living to be a century old depends upon a sense of happiness and self-fulfillment. To find that you must do something you love. It doesn’t matter if you are 50 and like to kayak, 70 and love to knit, or 90 and have a newly discovered passion for painting, doing what you love matters. If you search the internet for “how to be happy”, you will find over 246 million results published by authors, magazines, newspapers, and blogs across the world. Generally speaking, the advice boils down to four things:
These are simple things to do that do not involve accumulating wealth or traveling to exotic places. Healthy lifestyle choices not only impact your physical longevity, but also your mental longevity. New studies show why “SuperAgers” are less susceptible to experiencing dementia and more disposed to long-term brain health. It would appear that psychologists and psychiatrists agree that the key to happiness is found by looking internally not externally. It will help you to relieve stress and live a long and healthy life.