Today, people are living longer than ever before, and with recent innovations many could live to be 100 or even older. Three years ago, the life expectancy for males was 76.4 years and females lived up to 81.2 years. However, more and more people are living to be 100 plus. As Menlo Park senior caregivers who are interested in helping seniors live life to the fullest and increase their lifespan, we thought those who are aging or who have aging parents would find this information enlightening.
So, what’s the secret? Basically, people are staying more engaged, taking better care of themselves, living a healthier lifestyle, and taking advantage of medical innovations.
In regards to medical innovations that could possibly add years to our lives, there have been many developments. These include immunotherapy cancer vaccines, genetic testing, robotic limbs for amputees, wearable sensors that help better control chronic disease through monitoring, and more.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the number of centenarians (those 100 or older) has grown rapidly in recent years. In 2000, statistics revealed that 50,281 lived to be 100 or older; in 2014, that number had increased to 72,197. A few of the reasons for this include advancements in medical care and the prevention/treatment of infectious disease.
What are the most common causes of death among those 100 or older?
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pneumonia or influenza
What do centenarians recommend for those who want to enjoy a long, happy, and healthy life?
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
- Live life to the fullest
- Get plenty of sleep
- Take as few prescription medications as possible, if any
- Have an optimistic, positive attitude
- Remain socially engaged, and maintain close personal connections with family
- Keep learning
Most who reached the 100 milestone said they were also hard workers during their lives, and lived their life as best they could.
Other than medical innovations, the most important things we can do now, and as we age, is to eat healthy, exercise every day, avoid or reduce stress, cease smoking, and stay connected by engaging with others. While genetics play a role in longevity, a healthy, happy life can go a long way toward living longer!
At Care Indeed, we provide a wide array of caregiving services for seniors in Menlo Park whether you need in home care, hospital sitting, respite care, overnight care, help with caring for a senior with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or similar services. Compassionate caregivers, dedicated to improving the lives of seniors.