“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”
As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!
Peg’s Perspective: It’s all about attitude
By: Peg Carmany
According to Time Magazine, The average human life span is 71.4 years, although life expectancy in the United States is just under 79 years. The article also explains, the oldest living human being that we are aware of was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years, 164 days.
Some of you are thinking, “Good for Jeanne, but no thanks,” I know, but as life expectancies rise, shouldn’t we all study how to live better as we live longer?
And, at The Wesley Communities, our residents’ life expectancies far exceed the average human life span of 79 years. This is due to many reasons, but I believe one of the most impactful is living in community with one another. I believe that this helps not only in developing relationships but also to improve attitude.
As I interview our residents, several common themes emerge, and chief among them is the attitude. That is a positive one. Time Magazines article ‘How to Live Longer, Better”, mentions a Yale University study released this year found that in a group of 4765 people with an average age of 72, those who carried a gene variant linked to dementia, but also had a positive attitude about aging, were 50% less likely to develop dementia than people who carried the gene but faced aging with pessimism and fear.
But, this doesn’t just go for our residents! The Time Magazine article quotes Carla Julli, a 90-year-old Italian woman, “After World War II, my entire generation went a bit crazy and wanted to enjoy life. . . . I tried to remember that thought out my life: go out and dance.”
So my advice on aging well?
- Embrace what comes next.
- No one’s getting out of here alive.
- Take that trip.
- Make things right with people in your life.
- Try something new that you’ve always wanted to do.
- “Go out and dance.”
Source: “How to Live longer, Better” by Jeffrey Kluger and Alexandra Sifferlin, Time February 18, 2018.