Over the past century, the lifespan of an average person has increased drastically. In today’s world, seniors are living longer than ever before. In years past, the peak of age averaged at anywhere from 60-70. Today, seniors have greatly outlived and surpassed these numbers – some living to be over 110!
With medical advances in recent years, many diseases that once were fatal now can be easily cured accounting for this increase in lifespan. In a recent article on Redding.com, Dr. Arlen Burger states that ” Healthy living can extend your life span and help you to enjoy your longer time on Earth.” Enjoying a healthy lifestyle includes activities such as partaking in moderate amounts of exercise, eating a well balanced diet, and having a positive outlook on life.
Dr. Arlen also noted that “Overcoming years of unhealthy habits is extremely difficult to overcome. Starting an exercise program feels impossible when it hurts to move because joints are bearing the burden of extra weight. Smokers find it hard to participate in aerobic activities because they can’t catch their breath. The barriers to practicing a healthy lifestyle are tremendous for those who are overweight, smoke or are hung over from a night of drinking.”
Practicing a healthy lifestyle may be challenging at times – the support of a friend or loved ones can often help keep you on the right track. Setting goals to achieve the healthy lifestyle you wish to lead can also be helpful in reaching your goals. With a healthy lifestyle comes a more enjoyable journey into the latter ages.
In future years, many have predicted that the lifespan of a human will only continually increase. What do you plan to do with your extra years?
According to a recent article by the Middle Town Journal, “The number of Facebook users 55 and older grew by over 900 percent in the past year, now accounting for 9 million users.” Over the past few years, age groups of all kinds have flocked to the social networking site Facebook. As more users continue to sign up each day, Facebook is unlikely to go away within the next few years and has become a daily habit of many.
Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
In today’s busy world, Facebook has become a medium of choice for many to communicate with friends and family. Social networks, like Facebook, have become a prime way to keep in touch, stay connected, and reconnect with long lost friends.
With the number of senior citizens utilizing the internet increasing, so does the need for education within active living communities. A study cited in a 2009 Yahoo article concluded 37 percent of those 65 and older access the Internet regularly. This number signifies that not only do younger generations enjoy the platform, but ages of all kinds! In years to come, this number is expected to continually increase. Many of our residents enjoy using Facebook and have found it a great way to keep in touch. Do you have an account set up?
If you will allow us to brag just a little bit, this is the third time in ten years that Merrill Gardens has been named a Washington State Family Business of the Year. We owe it all to our fantastic residents and team members and the support of the Merrill family!