When does a person reach old age? America's magic number is 65. It's in dispute across the planet. World Health Organization (WHO) says someone who reaches age 50 is an older person. If you’re one of the Earth’s inhabitants who surpasses age 75 – you’re in a select minority. Less than 1 percent reaches the age of 100.
To help you be healthy when you become elderly, following is a check list of needs and practices to be attentive to and incorporate into your lifestyle to enjoy old age when you arrive.
Stay limber – Stretching is very important as we age because ligament and tendons shorten. Any exercise or life activity should include lots of stretching – so stretch!
Bone density - Include lifting and weight-bearing activities. Bone density decreases with age due to loss of hormones, especially in woman due to decreased estrogen levels after menopause – but weight-bearing exercises can help.
Muscle mass – We lose muscle mass with age, so weight training is also key to maintaining muscle strength for daily functioning.
..and finally, eat healthy.
As the body changes during the mid-years or if illnesses develop, a person may need to relearn to eat or build healthier eating habits. Become informed about nutrition and your specific body needs. This is even more true if you suffer from severe (or even mild) health issues and problems or have inherited genetic vulnerabilities. Nutrition once a sideline medical issue – has become central to healing and maintaining health.
A rich (man), who is defined as one of less than 1% - is an elderly man or woman with his/her health!