Many people – even those who aren’t necessarily seniors but perhaps middle-aged – have an idea of how long they want to live. Much of this has to do with health, quality of life, and other factors. Is there a specific age you want to live to? Some people say 80, others 90, and some would love to live to 100 or older, providing they’re in good health, physically and mentally. As trusted Bay Area home caregivers, we have some information below we think you’ll enjoy.
Perhaps it isn’t really how many years you have on this earth, but how much you enjoy the time you do have, whether it’s 65 years, 70, or even 112. A few years ago Pew Research Center released a poll that revealed 30% of those surveyed didn’t want to live past the age of 80, while 60% thought living to age 90 was ideal. This may seem a bit disturbing, given that a good number of people live well past the century mark. What’s the reasoning behind not wanting to live beyond 80 or 90 years old? For many, it’s the difference between just living life and living a healthy, happy, fulfilled life.
It isn’t about adding years to life, but life to years. Ultimately it’s about living our best life right up to the end, according to the book Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well, written by Director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, David Katz, M.D. and Stacey Colino. What are the factors that help us stay healthy and fit, mentally and physically, as we age? According to Katz, staying active, eating a healthy diet, getting good sleep, avoiding tobacco use, sharing love with friends and family, and learning how to manage or eliminate stress are critical to staying well for however many years we do live.
According to some research, while genetic markers do make a difference in whether someone lives to be 70, 80, 90, or even older, it’s a relatively small role that it plays. More important in how long we live is lifestyle, and whether we get sufficient sleep, eat healthy, exercise, engage with others socially, and avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol in excess.
How long do you want to live? At Care Indeed, our Bay Area senior care aids are dedicated to helping those in the San Francisco and surrounding areas of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Jose, and other nearby cities, live a happier, more stress-free life by providing a wide array of services. Contact us today to learn more!