Lifestyle

Positive lifestyles help with aging

By CECE WILLIAMS

For the Mirror

A Swedish study of 17,000 healthy men and women for six years revealed that those people who were most isolated and lonely (low social contact) were nearly four times as likely to die during the study as those with strong social contact and support.

September is Healthy Aging Month, a great time to focus on the value of helping senior loved ones care for themselves as they age.

Healthy Aging, a national Web site created by the Educational Television Network, is designed to broaden awareness of the positive aspects of aging and to provide information and inspiration for older adults to improve their physical, mental, social and financial fitness. In a national contest, the organization asked Americans to share their secrets for healthy social aging. Here’s what some seniors suggested:

• See the world. Begin to plan a trip. Half the excitement is in the planning.

• Laugh loud, laugh often. A good sense of humor is essential.

• Give of yourself. Be generous with the most important thing you own –– your time. Volunteer. How about the Peace Corps, a nursing home or teaching a child to swim?

• Seek inspiration, keep the faith. Belief in a higher power is of paramount importance.

CeCe Williams owns Home Instead Senior Care in Federal Way. She can be reached at 943-1603 www.homeinstead.com.

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