As the average age of most countries rises, the number 60 and older will continue to increase. You might be one of them.
Already, there are far more centenarians and near-centenarians than ever. William Shatner’s trip to space stunned the world just a few weeks before. This was the first space mission by the whole world. Many news stories followed, featuring Dr. Manfred Steiner at 89, awarded his 3rd doctorate. These aren’t the only examples. Many more senior citizens, even in their 80s, still contribute to the world and do not settle down in the old age of decline that many fear.
What is it about “super seniors” that makes them so active and energetic? While it’s easy to think that only “good genes” can make you live longer, the opposite seems to be true. Danish researchers pioneered groundbreaking research that examined over 2500 twins born between 19870 and 1900. The study revealed that genetics have a limited impact on human longevity. Living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding environmental stress and other factors is more important than genetics determining how long people live.
More importantly, many people believe that the older generation victim negative stereotypes. These stereotypes are often shaped by cultural expectations and past experiences with grandparents and parents. These stereotypes can harm how we treat older adults. These stereotypes can lead to a negative outlook on how we age and the potential for what we can achieve. Stereotype Embodiment Theory
People who think negatively about aging are more likely to have mental and physical problems and become less productive. Recent research supports this conclusion.
It could also mean that we are doomed from being more creative and productive in the long term. Although this may be controversial, many artists, computer scientists, and physicists do their best in their early years. However, there are some notable exceptions. J.R. Tolkien (62) wrote the first volume of the Lord of the Rings. Sir William Crookes was 68 when he started cutting-edge radioactivity research. Bertrand Russell carried on his peace activism and writing until nearly 100.
The fact that 65-year-olds are among the fastest-growing age groups is a testament to the medical advancements of the past decade. As I’ve mentioned before, our biological limits on life expectancy have been drastically changed. Over the next few decades, breakthroughs could increase human longevity.
But, aging is not just about looking at wrinkles and gray hairs. Psychological aging, another aspect of aging, is another. Forbes already discusses it. Our research shows that lower subjective age is associated with better mental well-being and physical health. While true physical rejuvenation may not be possible, it is possible to look younger. This is an essential part of successful aging. Here are some ideas, but feel free to share your thoughts.
1. Set Ambitious Goals
It’s a good idea to set high-level longevity goals. It is a good idea to encourage optimism to reach these goals. Deep learning methods have been used to anticipate human psychological and subjective year lengths. This has proven that people who are more optimistic about the future of their health, longevity and health live much longer than those in the average age group. People who feel better about their health, well-being, and longevity can expect to be in good health for up to 10 to 20 years. Imagine living 120 years with a healthy body and being productive. Even though medical technology will not prolong your life expectancy, you can still enjoy the positive outlook and optimism this optimism will bring.
2. The latest news in Aging Research. Get a positive outlook for future health.
Science is not static. Over the past decade, science has seen incredible advances in technology and science. This means that you can expect a longer life span and better health. You can learn all that you can about the latest developments in aging research. To ensure a long and healthy life, you can also plan. Living Long and Healthy: Why We Age, Why We Don’t Have To are some popular non-fiction books to get you started.
Peter Diamandis wrote two books: The Future is Faster than You Think, and Bold. Sergey Young wrote The Science and Technology of Growing Young. These books are not the only ones available on this important topic in science. Soon, many more books will be available.
3. The Most Up-to-Date Tools to Check Your Biological Age
Take a psychological test to find out your longevity mindset. Register for the app at younger.ai. It can also download to your Android, or iPhone. Age estimates are generated based on the information that you provide. These include answers to questions about your medical background, data synchronization from your FitBit, Apple Watch, and simply some questions about what your medical history is. Your answers to the health survey questions can be used to estimate your age. Based on your answers to the psychological questionnaire, your mental age will be calculated. Biomedical information is used to determine blood and heart age. You can estimate your age solely by taking a photo of yourself. You can create an action plan with the app that will allow you to live longer.
4. Make friends with young people
You don’t have to be your age to make friends. Be content with a comfortable retirement. The human mind is adaptable and can handle any change no matter how severe. This is something I have mentioned in previous articles. Older adults might become less open to change and more complacent. You must step outside your comfort zone to remain creative and youthful. It’d be great if this was done at least once per week.
Consider taking courses or a whole degree at a university where interaction with students is required.
5. Participate in the Longevity Business and Get Involved
It is possible to start or join a business for your health and longevity. Every day, there are new business opportunities. These changes are sure to continue in the future. Consider new business opportunities instead of worrying about retiring. The growing number of active over-65s will open up many of these opportunities. You can unleash your creativity to create a business that will bring you back to life.
These are just a one or two of the thoughts you might consider. With some imagination and determination, there are many more possibilities. Mark Strand once said, “The future begins now.” Get started planning for your future. It will be here sooner than you can imagine.