By: Marjorie Gordon-DeLee
Today we are living in a world where we are able to live longer lives in better health than our older generation. With all of the health and fitness information that is at our fingertips, Many Seniors are aging differently from our parents and grandparents because they are utilizing this valuable health information resource, better known as cyber space or as many refer to it, the “Internet”. We have the ability, through this Superhighway to google any amount of information that we allow our minds to conjure up.
Several studies show that, for health information, the Internet is one of the primary resources [3–7]. The Internet has thus become one of the most important sources for health information and for searching health care services and treatment advice. Data show that, within a given year, about 80% of adult Internet users have searched for health information. Medical Information on the Internet: A Tool for Measuring Consumer Perception of Quality Aspects; Gunther Eysenbach, Monitoring Editor (Published online 2015)
As far as today’s society, the opportunities are there and we, as Seniors, must continue to use the health and fitness information that is at our disposal to help make those lifestyle changes that are detrimental to our well-being (gaining knowledge of foods that are healthy and beneficial to our body makeup; as well as exercising tips) However, consulting your doctor for all medical advice comes first and foremost before starting any diet or exercise fitness plan.
As many Seniors are living longer in better health (with disability-free years) (Moeller 2016) there comes the need for continued financial stability. To increase their finances, Seniors are remaining active in the workforce. This is a win-win situation in all counts. Seniors can still remain a contributing member to this society, which returns to them that inner peace and sense of accomplishment. Seniors can still give of themselves in the area of service to others and preserve a level of confidence within them and independency while doing so. Being active in the workforce also gives others (co-workers, customers, and children) access to stored-up work experiences and wisdom that these Seniors possess and are willing to share with the utmost sincerity in mind.
Research has concluded (January 2016) The Population Reference Bureau report, “Aging in the United States,” that older adults are working longer and is expected to rise in percentage of men and women over age 65 in the workforce by 2022 to 47 percent, this is a combined percentage of men and women.
Research cited suggest that those individuals who are entering older age can better manage the process by exploring options, reading, reaching out to experts, and expanding relationships and networks. Maintaining health through good nutrition and exercise is another critical component of positive, proactive aging. (Irving 2015)
If we, as Seniors, begin to make better choices in our daily activities to promote good physical and mental health for our well-being, we will continue to be productive citizens in this society. We will continue to enjoy involvement in our favorite activities, we will be able to do those things that we long to do that are on our bucket list and most importantly, we will be here to spend more time with our families and friends, creating more memories. How do we go about accomplishing this pursuit to gain and remain in good healthy living condition?
Thus, while researching individuals who are or was successful in living a long and healthy lifestyle, I was able to obtain tips from a few distinguished people sharing their healthy habits. Because these are distinguished people, it does not mean that these healthy habits shared by them cannot be implemented by others, the tips that the following individuals have shared relating to their healthy lifestyles, can be incorporated into anyone’s daily activities:
Research provided that Tina Turner (Born November 26, 1939, currently age 77) contributes her healthy longevity to her physical activity of dancing, eating breakfast consisting of fruits and brown German bread; she cut out sugar where she can, eat fish, chicken, nuts and pulses; eat more fats (Omega 3 Fats in oily fish such as Mackerel), fiber and drink one (1) glass of wine with dinner. Research points out her understanding that with age our features change, but that’s just a part of getting older.
Research provided that Cicely Tyson (Born December 18, 1924, currently age 92) stated that “If I’m gonna be here for a long time, I want to be well.” It is documented that she contributes vegan diet and her daily workout of pushups as her secrets for a long and heathy life.
Research provided that Tao-Porcho Lynch (Born August 13, 1918, currently age 98) is a yoga master and Award-winning author. There is documentation that she contributes yoga as improving her physical and mental health by not having fear. Research pointed out that she stated, “When you’re at one with it there is no fear attached. Fear is bad medicine. With inner peace, you are “at one” with the universe. For Tao-Porcho Lynch, research further suggest that dancing was a de-stressor for her. Further, she enjoyed Ballroom dancing because, cited, “it is the physical awareness that comes from the joy within us.” And lastly, research documents that she was a vegetarian and enjoyed her fruit; ate lobster and shrimp on occasion, a glass of wine with food. She eats to keep healthy and does not eat large amounts of food, as cited.
Research provided that Jack Lanne (September 26, 1914 to January 23, 2011. Died at age 96) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutrition expert and motivational speaker who contributed his healthy long life to these seven (7) simple habits he lived by: Documented research showed the following habits he adhered to:
- If man made it, DON’T eat it.
- The body doesn’t grow old from overuse, it grows old from a lack of use.
- Eat primarily meat and veggies
- The power of daily habits
- Sugar is worse than smoking
- Dying is easy—True living can be a pain in the butt
A few nutritional principles Jack Lanne also lived by as documented research has provided that they were: No dairy, No coffee, 10 raw vegetables and 5 fruits a day.
The above individuals were mentioned in this publishing simple because they are the individuals who stood out during the findings in this particular research. Of course, there are countless others. All four (4) individuals mentioned above showed how they focus on maintaining a healthy body in an effort to perform their daily activities without restraints. They all use their plans regularly (daily) and they were consistent in the plan they created. Consistency is a key factor in being successful at whatever your goal in life may be.
Seniors who are not taking advantage of all the helpful health and fitness information that are within their reach, really need to start. There was a period in history when the type of information society has at its fingertips at this present time was not readily available (World Wide Web opened to the public on August 6, 1991) (Bryant 2011), now it is.
“Knowledge is power. If you know better, you will do better.”
Image of Healthy Food Picture: https://www.google.com/search?site=imghp&tbm=isch&q=fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish for health&tbs=sur:f#imgrc=YlUNyFenZZJcqM:&spf=1496537387429. Retrieved June 3, 2017
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Moeller, P. 2016, “Why Americans are living longer and in better health”
http://time.com/money/4369180/retirement-living-longer-better/. Retrieved June 3, 2017
Irving, P. 2005 Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging: Self-Empowerment in Later Life as a Response to Ageism, http://www.asaging.org/blog/self-empowerment-later-life-response-ageism. Retrieved June 3, 2017
(January 2016) The Population Reference Bureau Report, “Aging in the United States,”; http://www.prb.org/Publications/Media-Guides/2016/aging-unitedstates-fact-sheet.aspx. Retrieved June 3, 2017
Tina Turner: http://blackdoctor.org/368323/tina-turner-ealth-secrets/. Retrieved June 3, 2017
Cicely Tyson: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/551268810611975654. Retrieved June 3, 2017
Tao-Porcho Lynch : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/tao-porchon-lynch_n_3209187.html. Retrieved June 3, 2017
Jack Lanne: http://modernhealthmonk.com/habits-of-the-jack-lalanne-diet-healthy-and-fit-over-40/. Retrieved June 3, 2017
Bryant, M. 2011, 20 years ago today the World Wide Web opened to the public , https://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/08/06/20-years-ago-today-the-world-wide-web-opened-to-the-public/#.tnw_QJgdkAnf Retrieved June 4, 2017
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