Advances in medicine, science, and technology are helping people live longer. Many people alive today will reach their 100th birthday and beyond. Some scientists 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% said they weren’t eating what they should. 76% said they didn’t exercise enough. Most people in the survey weren’t willing to do what they need to for those 100 candles on their birthday cake.
Anyone who wants to age well has to work at it. It takes effort and planning to earn and enjoy those extra years. The sooner a person starts 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 you can enjoy life as long as possible. Now that's more possible than ever.
Explore these websites dedicated to helping people age well. Here’s to healthy aging and living a good, long life!
This organization provides up-to-date information on healthy aging. The content is from the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation. At HealthAging.org you'll find:
Use the special search tool for finding local medical professionals who are sensitive to the needs of older adults. Here are two search tips.
2. 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:
3. The National Council on Aging (NCOA)
NCOA has a special section on their website dedicated to Healthy Aging. You'll find information on:
NCOA also offers the Aging Mastery Program (AMP). This program helps people “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 four hospitals in the country. The Lou Ruvo Brain Center is part of this nationally recognized clinic. Their top doctors and scientists research and treat 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, resources, and a free newsletter.
5. 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. Sign up for the newsletter to stay informed about the innovative ways that science and technology can improve the your well-being and address the issues 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
(Updated Thursday, 08 October 2020)