Never Too Soon, Never Too Late…

The Secret of Healthy AgingTaking good care of our health is a task of a lifetime, but it becomes even more important as we get older. Health can mean different things for different people. Some would say that being healthy is the absence of illness. Others would argue that living happy and fulfilling lives matters the most. As human beings, we need more than just being physically intact. Besides feeding our bodies, our minds require stimulation, our emotions want to be nurtured, and we have to work constantly on our relationships with others.

Healthy Aging
Is a Lifetime Process

We also know that if we are negligent in one area, it has negative consequences for all the others. Prolonged unhappiness affects us physically and so does loneliness and boredom. Nutritional deficiencies inhibit our ability to perform, not only physically, but also mentally. Healthy aging, therefore, must be concerned with the whole person.

Naturally, maintaining a perfect balance is not always easy. Sometimes something has to give. A situation becomes critical when certain parts get completely run down. Think of different bank accounts or credit cards you have. You can’t just keep withdrawing. To stay out of financial trouble, you have to make regular deposits and payments.

Growing older should not be looked upon as the force of nature that inevitably leads to our decline. The way we age depends very much on how we conduct our lives long before we die. Caring for every aspect of our well-being can never begin too early, and it is never too late to continue.

The Art of Aging
Being a senior today is not the same as it was only a generation ago. The aging boomers have made us see retirement age in a new light. Playing golf and spoiling grandchildren are not the only options these days. Many older people are better educated and more affluent than most retirees before them. They have interests and plenty of energy to pursue them. Healthier lifestyle choices and better medical care have elevated the average life expectancy considerably, making it not only possible but also necessary to plan for many more years of active living.
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Staying Mentally Fit and Young at Heart
Studies have shown that enhanced intellectual stimulation – such as studying, travel or learning of foreign languages – can be particularly useful for delaying age-related mental decline. In other words, the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule is very much a part of keeping a healthy mind.
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Retirement and Second Chances
Retirement is about second chances. Discover the many opportunities you still have to do what you want to do – and, perhaps, what you always wanted to do but never found the time for.
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Long Live the Curious Mind
Although, it is undoubtedly true that many of today’s retirees have more time and money available to them and can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle more easily than other demographic groups, there is also something new and original about the restless boomers that no other generation before them has displayed to such an extent: Boomers are a “curious” bunch – literally. Boomers just don’t settle down – not because they can’t afford to, but because they don’t want to.
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Is There a Connection Between Healthy Eating and Mental Health?
A number of studies indicate that there are in fact connections between our lifestyle – especially our eating habits – and aging. As most of us can expect to live longer nowadays, the consequences of our youthful indiscretions may become more obvious as we get to the golden years. The cognitive functions of the human brain seem especially afflicted by poor eating habits. Conversely, this would suggest that the mind benefits from sound nutrition, just like the body does.
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Sustainable Longevity
Modern medicine and higher standards of living have enabled us to nearly double our average life expectancy over the course of only a century. The number of folks living over one hundred years is steadily rising. In most places you won’t get a congratulatory call or letter on your birthday from the mayor’s office any more – because there are too many centennial celebrations these days. Reaching old age is now the norm rather than the exception.
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