A recent study performed by the U.K. Longevity Center found that the overall population is living longer but less healthy.
A report summarizing the study found that there was a strong mismatch between population age and health. In fact, the study showed that a large number of senior citizens, who are definitely living longer than past generations, are also living a poorer quality of life. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/people-living-longer-less-healthy-lives-article-1.3663431
A Serious Look
The U.K. Longevity Center experts told reporters that a serious consideration must be made into this matter as longer lives are severely undermined by unhealthy ones.
As more people live longer, more measures must be taken to guarantee that seniors do not suffer during their golden years. According to the center’s experts, healthcare and social care are going to have to go through major reformations in order to help people live healthier lives or take care of them in their advanced years if they are unhealthy.
The longevity report found that the number of healthy years seniors lived in England was strongly determined by where the person lived and not just by what they ate or how much exercise they performed.
For instance, in busier sections of London, those over the age of 65 have approximately 6.5 years of healthy life left before they start to deteriorate. In contrast, people living in wealthier and less crowded neighborhoods in London could expect to live 14.5 years of healthy living after 65.
Quality Over Quantity
While researchers at the U.K. Longevity Center all agreed that longer life expectancy was a positive sign, the real measure of life is a healthy one.
They believe that society has to look now towards improving health to the same level that they succeeded in producing higher longevity.
The majority of people nearing the age of retirement are still active and that is why the center’s findings are so important for these future senior citizens. Not being able to perform regular mundane tasks well into one’s 60’s and 70’s is definitely a negative aspect of a longer lifespan.
Those people in their late 50’s and even mid 60’s still perform important social functions like taking care of grandchildren and even still participating in the labor force.
If people are not healthy they will not be able to play an active role in society which also leads to decreased mental health as one feels less useful in the world.
How To Stay Healthy During Senior Years
Besides living in a natural location with a smaller population and a less hectic lifestyle, there are three specific measures senior citizens can take to live longer and healthier lives.
The first is to reduce stress. As 70 percent of doctor visits are a result of stress-related illnesses, the importance of taking it easy cannot be underestimated.
Secondly, smile more. This correlates with the above step, as when you smile you cannot feel but happy. If you are wondering whether or not this simple piece of advice can actually bring added benefits to health and longevity, consider a recent Wayne State University study which found that players who smiled on their baseball card pictures lived longer and healthier lives than those who didn’t.
In a nutshell, happier people live longer.
Last but not least, eat right and exercise more. Studies have shown that elderly people who watch their diet and stay active life not only live longer but have a higher quality of life during those extended years.