How to Live to 100: Secrets of Longevity

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Certainly age 100 has its perks: you’ve seen, been involved in and learned many things and those close to you look for advice and trust you’re judgment. You can enjoy the respect that only a century of experience can earn you. Longevity is indeed a worthy goal. What are its secrets?

Happily, the number of centenarians has doubled in recent years. Modern people have truly mastered the art of longevity; we are living longer than ever thanks to advanced health care, immunizations, and infection control. The trappings of civilizations give us a major head start, but to make it all the way to 100, Home Care Assistance of Caledon believes you must be diligent in the following best practices:

  • Love Exercise
    The single most important factor involved in longevity, researchers say, is regular exercise. Daily exercise helps your body stay shipshape, from your heart down to your bones. It is also vital for long-term flexibility and balance which can help to reduce debilitating falls and accidents at home.
  • Eat Your Veggies…and Dark Chocolate
    We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” and to enjoy healthy elder years, you must eat well. Do increase your fruit and vegetable intake, but don’t forget about dessert. Dessert is part of a healthy diet when it contains ample dark chocolate, according to researchers. Along with being a tasty treat, dark chocolate boosts vascular health by optimizing blood pressure.
  • Be Easygoing
    It’s important to not let life’s many stresses get you too down or wound up. People who live beyond 100 are invariably easygoing, glass-half-full types. They don’t panic when bad things happen, but take it all in stride. Even amid chaos, they maintain the habits that promote physical and mental resilience: sleep, healthy food intake, and daily routines.
  • Stay Engaged
    It’s rare to see a long-lived individual who thrives in isolation. Centenarians tend to be rich in social connections to help them through good and bad times alike. Those in the best shape are extroverted, seeking out companionship, staying optimistic, and frequently engaging with others.

At Home Care Assistance of Caledon, it’s our mission to change the way the world ages. In fact, our unique care approach, the Balanced Care Method™ is based on the studies of the extraordinarily long-lived elders in the Okinawa region of Japan where life spans over 100 years are not unusual. Our care approach seeks to capture some of the Okinawa lifestyle factors including nutritious diets, daily activity, socialization and calmness and purpose.

Learn more about hourly and 24/7 care in Caledon by calling a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager at 905-951-8885. We’re available 24/7 to answer questions and offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations where we can further discuss individual care needs.