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A longer, healthier life: Myth or goal?

Everyone who studied American history in school knows about the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his search in the early 1500s for the Fountain of Youth in what is now the state of Florida. It was believed that anyone who drank from or bathed in the fountain would have his or her youth restored.

Going much further back in time, the myths of the ancient Greeks are filled with the adventures of the immortal gods and the humans who sought immortality. Other legends and stories tell of groups of people throughout time and place who have historically lived far beyond the average life expectancy of modern day Americans.

Is there any truth to the myths and legends? And are there really ways to extend our healthy lives? The answer is … yes!

Researchers have identified “Blue Zones” around the world and found that people who live in these places — which are as far-flung as Pakistan and Ecuador — frequently live a century or more. Why?

According to an article on the website VeryWell.com, studies of “Blue Zone” populations have shown that these people have certain habits and lifestyle choices in common. And while a great deal of it might seem to be just “common sense,” the study does reinforce what today’s health care professionals advise at any age.

Here at Simpson Meadows, we’re always looking for ways to maintain, improve and extend the healthy years of the seniors who live here. If you’d like to know more about our community or our Memory Care programs, please call 484-364-3462.

Some blame the overwhelming array of choices available to us today, while others say we just need to stop and think. Either way, these lifestyle habits from around the world are worth considering:

  1. Eat less overall (particularly as compared to their counterparts in the U.S.);
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables;
  3. Eat healthy fats
  4. Stay active throughout life and, we’d say, most important of all;
  5. Have a positive attitude about aging — it can be a very rewarding time of life, if you do it right.
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