The older we get, the greater our interest in staying healthy, fit and strong.
Not surprisingly, this has given birth to an industry that caters to longevity, filled with bold promises of extended life and happiness for seniors.
Often, products are loosely regulated and touted by studies conducted by manufacturers or sponsors.
So where can we find the Fountain of Youth? Read on.
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Numerous (real) studies have affirmed the benefits of a balanced and healthy diet for longevity.
Rated the Best Overall Diet for the sixth year in a row (US News & World Report) is the Mediterranean diet.
Rich in fruits and vegetables (excluding potatoes), fish, whole grains, legumes and olive oil, it is universally praised for its power to prevent chronic diseases and increase life span.
Regular physical activity promotes longevity not only by managing weight but also by limiting the odds of developing heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Exercise keeps your body fit AND your mind sharp, helping seniors in maintaining independence and mental agility.
Routine screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart conditions, vision and hearing, cancer and bone density can lead to early detection and intervention, increasing your chances of successful treatment and a healthier aging.
Dietary supplements seem like a quick way to enhance health and longevity.
But some fall short of their promise — and may even be harmful.
When in doubt, ask your healthcare provider for supplement recommendations based on your specific health needs.
Apps and gadgets galore claim to help achieve optimal health.
While fitness trackers and monitors for heart rate, oxygen and blood pressure all provide feedback, they cannot replace advice from actual medical professionals.
Medical and cosmetic procedures such as stem cell therapy, hormone injections, or surgery might promise age reversal, but they often come with enormous price tags and varying degrees of risk.
Moreover, the long-term effectiveness of such treatments is still unclear.
Social engagement is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for longevity.
The CDC notes “staying engaged in enjoyable activities is associated with better physical and mental health.”
Connecting with family and friends, volunteering or engaging in activities with others contributes to a longer, happier life.
Surprised? The most effective and direct route to longevity (at least for now) is largely based on the choices we make every day.
A balanced diet, regular physical activity, routine health checks and social connections are the way to a longer, healthier life.
One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and providers of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families. Questions for this column are answered by professionals in nursing, care management and in-home care. Send questions to[email protected]call 321-751-6771 or visit One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging.
Don Kramer is the founder and CEO of One Senior Place, with Central Florida locations in Viera and Greater Orlando.