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5 Ways You Can Make Health Last

You may not know it, but you’re at risk of spending the last 10 years of your life battling illness and disability.

Two older adults kayaking  

Good health habits lead to a vitality-filled future.

Research shows that for many of us, there’s 10-year gap between how long we’ll live and how long we will be in good health. But we can close that gap and change our future. We can start now to ensure that last decade is spent doing the things we love to do – travelling, spending time with family, pursuing hobbies.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has launched Make Health Last – a movement to motivate Canadians to make healthy changes now so that they can enjoy their later years with vitality.

The key is the risk factors that increase our odds of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. Almost all of us have at least one risk factor. Some, such as our genetic heritage, can’t be changed. But other risk factors can be controlled through the choices we make every day.

Need convincing? Click here to take a look at how many healthy years these risk factors could cost you.

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What Will Your Last 10 Years Look Like?

Here is a video from The Heart & Stroke Foundation. While it doesn’t go through how to actually live healthier, the message is a powerful one. While there are many things in our health that we cannot control, there are many that we can. And those that we can control, make a big difference in the quality of our lives.

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World Health Day 2012 – This Saturday!

Information from the World Health Organization website:

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

The official slogan for World Health Day 2012 is “Good health adds life to years”. Ageing is inevitable, but everyone ages differently. Even if we are young at heart, we need to maintain our physical, mental and social well-being to stay healthy and independent well into old age. Beyond our wish to add years to life, we need to add life to years.

Here are some key facts about Ageing:

  • The number of people today aged 60 and over has doubled since 1980.
  • The number of people aged 80 years will almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050.
  • Within the next five years, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5.
  • By 2050, these older adults will outnumber all children under the age of 14.
  • The majority of older people live in low- or middle-income countries. By, 2050, this number will have increased to 80%.

So, as you read this post I challenge you to think about how you can help improve the physical, mental or social well-being of an older adult this week. Here are some ideas:

  • Call or visit an older family member and reconnect with them
  • Volunteer at an assisted living facility – many older adults in these facilities have few visitors
  • Strike up a conversation with an older adult while waiting to buy your groceries
  • Set up a time for your kids to hang out with their grandparents

Remember, good health adds life to years!

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