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How to Live 100 Years

021121_1784_0011_lsms_25.jpgThere's no denying that longer life expectancy is swelling the number of seniors — people over age 65 — in our population. But it's the fastest-growing subset of that superannuated group that proves the most interesting for researchers — those over age 85, in particular the centenarians born in the late 1800s, who have lived through the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression and both world wars; have witnessed women's suffrage and the moon landings; and are still here, keeping up with world events during the Administration of the nation's first African-American President.

In the most recent Census, health officials predicted that by 2050, more than 800,000 Americans would be pushing into their second century of life. They may simply represent a new model of aging, one that health experts are hoping more of us can emulate, both to make our lives fuller and to ease the inevitable health care burden that our longer-lived population will impose in coming decades."

[TIME Specials, 2010] Alice, Park, "How to Live 100 Years", TIME Specials, http://www.time.com/time/specials (Feb. 11, 2010)

Five (5) Rules for Successful Aging

  • Engage in preventive health habits: regular check-ups and immunizations help you stay healthy.
  • Exercising the body isn’t enough. Exercise your mind!
  • Make your health care wishes known to your family and doctors.
  • Humor and positive attitude contribute to healthy aging.
  • Social activities have a positive effect on mental and physical health.
  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford University Medical Center, Aging Adult Services

    To Equip

    000802_c682_0007_csms_25.jpgIn the late 1930s, Paul Galvin went to the Pentagon to demonstrate how a portable backpack two-way radio worked but, ultimately, was turned down. Military communications experts at the time told Paul that "radios like these will never be used by the military," Galvin recounted. The Secret Service, however, bought six two-way radios to help bolster security for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Noticing agents carrying around backpacks to tote tall transmission poles, FDR asked what they were doing. "Protecting you, Mr. President," they replied. As Galvin's story goes, Roosevelt told them, "If those radios are good enough to protect me, why aren't they good enough to protect our infantry?"

    [Redmond, A. & Crisafulli, P., 2010] Andrea Redmond & Patricia Crisafulli, "Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms", Jossey-Bass A. Wiley Imprint, San Francisco, CA (2010)

    The Vision

    Where there is no vision, the people perish. - Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

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