Everyone eventually asks the question: How long will I live? The simple answer is that no one knows. Longevity and death are determined by numerous factors. If we can escape cancer, heart disease, stroke, and accidents, the maximum age is estimated to be about 115 years of age. However, Jeanne Calment of France lived to the age of 122.
The exact age of death is not as important as the quality of life. Today, thousands of women are over the age of 90. However, at least 50% of them are demented and incapable of self-care. The number of elderly will skyrocket to over 70 million between the years of 2020 to 2030. At the present time, about 25 million people are age 65 and older. One hundred thousand people are turning 65 every day in the US.
Ways to Increase Length and Quality of Life
Exercise: the dreaded word. But no one can do it for you.
Exercise is the easiest and cheapest way for longevity. Exercises involving motion and resistive exercise (weights) are helpful. At the age of 25, our bodies and our brain reach a peak. From that point on they degrade in a linear fashion over our lifespan. Exercises involving motion and resistive exercise (weights) are helpful. Our bodies and our brain reach a peak when we reach the age of 25. From that point on they degrade in a linear fashion over our lifespan.
Mass of our brain, as well as the function of our brain, decreases with age.
Exercise will markedly slow the progression of this decline in size and in function. The increased blood flow through exercise helps all aspects of our bodies, including our brain.
Our general muscle mass degenerates over time.
The greater the heart capacity, the slower the loss of muscle in all parts of our body. Exercise helps us to attain and increased heart capacity.
Many can not exercise to their maximum.
Age, arthritis, heart disease, obesity or disease prevents many from exercising to their maximum. Each person should try to attain an 80% maximum heart rate. Attaining a maximum heart rate a few times per week will increase your chances of long-term survival. Unfortunately, our maximum heart rate diminishes with age. At 25 years of age, our maximum heart rate may be 160-200 per minute. By 70, our maximum rate may be only 120-140 beats per minute.
Stress will reduce your lifespan.
Actuary tables show that people retiring at 55 live to an average of 85 years. Retirement at the age of 65 decreases longevity by 10 to 15 years. Correlation of the type and duration of stress and frustration directly relates to death. Stress cannot be avoided in many lines of work. There are ways to relieve stress. For a start, counselors or psychologists help with the problem os handling stress.
Diet is an important fact in life expectancy or longevity.
Our American diet increases the risk of early heart disease or stroke. Our diet includes too much sugar, meat, fat and overall volume. Anyone who overeats and becomes obese has a much greater probability of contracting diabetes.
Diabetes increases the probability of stroke, heart attack, and renal failure. It may lead to poor circulation in your legs (claudication). Healthy diets are available. Find a healthy diet and stick to it. It cannot be repeated enough, contracting diabetes will shorten your life and significantly reduce the quality of your remaining years.
Social interaction is necessary to a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.
The premature death of widowed individuals is common. Socially isolated people are less healthy. Join a social club, play sports, volunteer your time. There are numerous ways to avoid being isolated. Everyone has multiple subjects that interest them. Family interaction is a plus. Keeping strong relationships with those that matter in your life gives most people that extra zest for life that isolated individuals do not have.
Senior travel and going to new places and having new adventures are exciting for everyone.
The travel can be local or international. Numerous sites or available at nearly every location in the US. Travel can be local or international. Travel does not have to be out of your own country or locale. See the local museum, go to the library, find a festival to attend because the excitement of new experiences stimulates your brain and helps to reduce stress.
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins and other supplements have not been shown to extend the longevity of life.
These may be necessary if your diet is not balanced. Every person over the age of 70 may benefit from multivitamins. Many older individuals have limited diets. The recommendation is to talk to your doctor and find out what supplements and vitamins are important to your situation.
Advances in medicine are enormous.
Modern medicine has extended life by about 20 years since 1965. In part, this extension of life has to do with controlling diabetes, hypertension, diet and smoking. Be sure to visit your primary care physician and have a health work up at least once per year. In addition, mammography, colonoscopy, lab work and physician screening can reduce mortality.
The Future is Already Here
Credible research into longevity has yielded positive results. Researchers can extend the life of animals and humans by at least twice of what it was a few years ago. This extension of life will eventually increase by 10 to 100 times of what it is today.
However, we will never be able to obtain this treatment. This longevity of life would result in the population exploding, retirement funds becoming exhausted, government programs becoming bankrupt, and the world reverting to chaos.
Each Person Must Assume Responsibility
It is up to you to determine your future and your health. In conclusion, no one can ensure your longevity but you. It is unfortunate but, at the present time, at least 50% of elderly individuals are demented and incapable of self-care. You do not want to be of them.