Unlike their predecessors, baby boomers will remain as physically and mentally active as ever, even as they retire from their day jobs. 60 and 70-year-olds will continue to push boundaries, explore and experiment, travel the world, play sports, and stay healthy and fit far longer than what has been considered possible only a generation or two ago – or so we are told by an onslaught of literature, advertisements and workshops for active retirement, declaring the twilight years as the best of all times. The truth is that many retirees find it hard to be active at all after having lived sedentary lifestyles for most of their lives.
Dementia is a big problem and growing every day. 10 percent of 65-year olds, 25 percent of 75-year olds, and 50 percent of 85-year olds will get Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment now comes at a cost of $60 billion a year. Worse yet, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is predicted to triple in the next few decades. It is already the seventh leading cause of death. I believe that all this is preventable, that we can slow this trend and even reverse it.
At a time when extreme sports are all the hype, mundane activities like walking don’t get much attention. It’s just too basic, too boring to even think about it. Yet walking can be a great indicator of both physical and mental wellbeing. In addition, walking is considered by health experts as one of the most effective ways to stay fit and fend off illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, and even dementia.
Chronic sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality have been linked to a number of health problems, but now a new study has identified one more potential risk, namely cognitive decline at old age, including Alzheimer’s disease. While it has not been determined yet whether people who don’t sleep well are more likely to suffer from dementia as they get older, or whether it is a symptom of mental illness already on its way, scientists have long known that both sleep hygiene and mental well-being are closely connected.
As a native Peruvian, I’ve always been driven to share my knowledge about the foods originating from this region. I am also interested in the anti-aging properties of many Peruvian foods. Because of its microclimates and diverse topography, Peru is home to thousands of foods found nowhere else on the planet. These foods fit into a class of ingredients dubbed ‘super foods.’ There are many definitions of super foods, but I define them as hardworking functional foods that far surpass basic nutritional content. They are, quite simply, the cleanest, most powerful, anti-aging foods available anywhere.