Want to live to the age of 90 and beyond? Forget everything you have heard about health and wellness. Well, almost everything.
Last night, 60 Minutes ran a fascinating story about the 90+ Study, done at the University of California at Irvine. They have been keeping tabs on 1600 people who lived into their 90’s, looking at all aspects of their health and wellness. Want to know the keys to living longer? You might find some real surprises in their findings.
Trying to cut down on your caffeine intake? Perhaps you should reconsider.
Many physicians are concerned with blood pressure as a leading source for heart disease. And they should be, though perhaps slightly higher than average blood pressure rates might not be all the bad after all. Consider this:
Physical fitness remains important throughout life. The findings showed that 45 minutes a day of cardiovascular activity later in life is the optimal amount of time. And, they discovered, those 45 minutes do not all have to be used at once.
Another happy finding is that we can all stop obsessing about being “skinny” and instead we can focus on being a healthy weight instead.
Staying active socially is just as important later in life as staying active physically. I can attest to this one personally, after having seen how my own grandmother’s life changed when she moved into an assisted living facility where she plays cards, attends dinners, goes out for walks, discusses books or movies, and participates in group exercises.
Sometimes after a stressful day I indulge in a glass of red wine. I suspect that I am not the only one to do so, as wine sales in this country are through the roof over recent years. Though maybe your drink of choice is a mojito? Whatever takes the edge off. Perhaps my favorite finding from the 90+ Study is this: