Advances in medicine, science, and technology are helping people live longer. Many people alive today will reach their 100th birthday and beyond. Some scientists are starting to tell us that living to 120 or more will soon be achievable. But how many people are aging well? How many of them will enjoy their longevity?
“The nation’s 76 million baby boomers have been given an unprecedented gift of health and time; but to a great extent, older adults do not make the most of this phase of life.” The National Council on Aging
A 2016 survey by Stanford Center on Longevity found that most people would like to live to be 100 years old. Yet 75% of those who wanted to live to 100 said they weren’t eating what they should. 76% of those surveyed said they didn’t exercised enough. Most people in the survey who wanted a hundred candles on their birthday cake someday weren’t willing to work for their goal.
Anyone who wants to age well has to work at it. It’s going to take effort and planning to enjoy those extra years too. The sooner a person starts planning and making choices to age well the better off they’ll be. People can live a long time in poor health, loneliness, and misery. Nobody wants that. It’s important to focus on aging well so that you can enjoy life as long as possible. And it is possible now more than ever.
Explore these websites dedicated to helping people age well. There’s a lot to discover. Here’s to healthy aging and living a good long life!The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study
There’s also a special search tool for finding local doctors or health practitioners. These are healthcare professionals who are sensitive to the needs of older adults. Searching by State will provide you with the greatest number of search results. Here are two more search tips:
National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIA strives to understand aging and what it takes to age well. There’s an A-Z index of health topics for older adults. Free eBooks and factsheets are available to order or print. You’ll also find information on:
A Spanish version of the website is available.
The National Council on Aging
NCOA has a special section on their website dedicated to Healthy Aging. It’s important to know that there’s information on:
NCOA also offers the Aging Mastery Program (AMP). This program helps older adults and boomers “build their own playbook for aging well.” You can get AMP materials to bring the program to your community. If you want to do it on your own there’s an online version. The goal is to empower people to enjoy their long life by doing good things for themselves and others.
The Cleveland Clinic ranks consistently as one of the top 4 hospitals in the country. The Lou Ruvo Brain Center is part of this nationally recognized clinic. Their top doctors and scientists research and treat various neurological disorders.
The Lou Ravo Brain Center website is a go-to place for information on how to keep your brain healthy as you age. HealthyBrains.org provides free up-to-date information and resources. There’s a free newsletter too. Sign up to get current brain health articles, news, and recommendations by email. If you do, you’ll also get Cleveland Clinic’s Six Pillars of Brain Health Guide. There’s also the free Brain Check-up. If you take it you’ll receive a personalized brain report. You’ll also be invited to complete a memory evaluation test. You’re under no obligation.
Here’s what you should know about the Brain Check-up. You’ll have to complete questionnaires. They’ll ask questions about demographics, medical history, and lifestyle choices. Your information is protected in a HIPAA compliant, secure environment. But remember there's always a risk to your confidentiality when your data is online. Also, your information could be shared for research purposes. Make sure to read the “Agree to Participation Terms” so that you know all the details.
Stanford Center on Longevity
"The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to accelerate and implement scientific discoveries, technological advances, behavioral practices, and social norms so that century long lives are healthy and rewarding." The website provides access to publications on aging in place, retirement, financial security and other topics. They also offer a newsletter by email. Sign up to stay informed about the innovative ways that science and technology can improve the well-being of people of all ages and solve the problems of aging.
"Longer lives are, at once, among the most remarkable achievements in all of human history and the greatest challenges of the 21st century." Stanford Center on Longevity