Based on research, we know that 70% of how we age is based on lifestyle choices, not genetics! Healthy choices including regular movement, continued learning, strong social connections and meaningful purpose. Our senior communities have put all enhanced focus for a more healthy lifestyle (whole person wellness). Our activity programs focus on four (4) corner stone activity subtypes; physical, intellectual, social and peace/fulfillment.
- Long-term studies found that people with strong social connections are 2-5X less likely to be affected by heart disease, cancer and dementia.
- Strong social connections can add 9 years to your life.
- Social isolation is similar to other risk factors for illness or early death such as high blood pressure, obesity, lack of exercise or smoking.
- Exercise decreases risk of dementia by 61%.
- Physical activity enhances the function of central nervous system, specifically in memory function.
- Moving more throughout the day even if it is just a few minutes at a time can lower your risk of heart disease.
- Recent studies show reducing your sitting time by just one hour a day was linked to a 26% lower risk of heart disease.
- Your brain is capable of creating new neuro pathways at any age, but you have to challenge it. That can be as simple as writing with your non-dominant hand or taking a different walking path. Learning a few words in another language also helps.
- 50% of how you age cognitively (mentally), is due to lifestyle choices including physical activity, social connection, nutrition, and sleep.
- Research shows health benefits associated with volunteering include greater functional ability, improves memory and lower rates of depression with as little as two hours/week.
- Walking in or exposure to nature enhances the immune system, boosts mood, and improves cognitive function.
- Research tells us that individuals with a positive view of aging live 7.5 years longer and healthier than those that have a negative view.
- Additional research supports the connection between perceptions and longevity. The conclusion is that a positive outlook on aging can be developed. People can learn to change their mindset through education and encouragement.
- In Okinawa nicknamed “Village of Longevity” and a part of the Blue Zones-uses a term “ikigai” which means “reason for being”. It a Japanese philosophy that is the center of their being.
All listed resources are credited to Masterpiece.