You may have seen in the news recently that the incredible group of female centenarians dubbed ‘The Golden Girls of Sarasota’ were celebrating their 100th birthdays in style. It’s no easy feat to make it to the ripe old age of 100 or older, but these fearless ladies accredit their longevity to simply living a good life.
The one thing they all have in common? They continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. These Sarasota centenarians prove that age is simply a state of mind and they are the perfect living examples of how by enjoying the Floridian good life you can keep on putting life in your years.
Global Population Is Constantly On The Rise
The World Health Organization states that the number of people aged 60 years of age or over worldwide will rise from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050. That’s an astronomical jump from 12% to 22% of the total global population within the next 33 years. With life expectancy continuously on the rise, it really doesn’t come as a surprise that such a large proportion of the population belongs to seniors.
The WHO also advise that regardless of ethnic origin, the biggest killers of the elderly are heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. Exercise is a social activity that is essential for both physical and mental well-being. Staying active is not only a brilliant way to combat this, but it can also strengthen social relationships which in turn will reduce the risk of mental illnesses such as depression.
What Can You Do To Keep The Life In Your Years?
There are so many activities that are beneficial to seniors. Physical activities such as walking, swimming, yoga and dancing are the perfect way for seniors to meet new friends with similar interests while improving mood, memory and mobility. We all recognize the importance of exercise for our physical health, but our emotional and mental health is just as important. Cardiovascular disease has been linked with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease but just a few minutes of regular, daily exercise is just one of the ways that you can slow the process of mental decline.
As the legendary baseball player Satchel Paige said “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” People expect that once you reach a certain age that you should act a certain way but life doesn’t need to slow down for seniors. You really are as young as you feel and what better way to keep on feeling fine than to enjoy the beautiful Sarasota scenery with great friends.
About Sally Perkins
Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.
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