Five Easy Makeovers to Increase Longevity
Aging Matters

What's your view on aging and growing older? Most people have negative perceptions about later life stages one that relates it to decline. Geriatricians and other professionals tell us, "Just because you're over the age of 60 don't mean you have to sit it out." As a matter of fact, if you want to live a long, healthy life, one must be active, eat nutritious foods, connect with others, and have a positive outlook.

The Aging Council at offers ways to increase longevity. Here are a few "healthy" protocols, if followed, will help you live longer but not in a way that's tedious:


Mindful meditation improves the body and the soul. Research indicates that regular meditation (3 times week) slows brain atrophy as well as decreases stress levels. The calming effect of meditation and relaxation has a positive impact on sleep and improves emotional stability. Patty Grace, Home Helpers of Philadelphia.

Spirit: Manage your stress, think young, set personal and career goals, be spiritual and develop a sense of purpose and community, and spend time with friends and family who won't judge or criticize. Ben Mandelbaum,

Social connections

Whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or a blend of both, research shows having social connections pay off in better brain health and quality of life. In every class or talk, I encourage attendees to look at ways to expand their social circle. Online or offline the goal is to build continually personal relationships. Judi Bonilla, The Aging Expert.

Adopt technologies that create a social connectivity with other seniors, family members and the communities you live in to reduce loneliness, isolation and create a purpose in life. Mike Radice, Chartacares.


Most understand that physical activity will increase longevity, but people don't do it. Not just cardio, but strength training. Hiring a personal trainer for weight training or attending Pilates to strengthen major muscle groups have shown to reduce disease and prevent accidents as we age. Nikki Buckelew, Senior Real Estate Solutions.


I practice hot flow yoga four days a week and believe that it will increase my average life expectancy. Yoga has dramatically improved my flexibility and core strength which will minimize the risk of falls which cause significant problems for seniors. Yoga also enhances my peace of mind and lowers my blood pressure, both of which are conducive to increase life expectancy. I would recommend a healthy yoga practice to anyone. Ted Teele, Touchtown.

Be happy

Work on traits such as conscientiousness and openness; they relate to happiness in old age. Conversely, and as one might expect, neurotic and anxious individuals are less healthy. The formula to long life, based on recent studies, appears to include healthy living and the ability to cope with stress. Yoga and meditation are certainly beneficial in reducing stress. Evan Farr, Elder Law Expert.

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