According to the **CDC, average lifespans are going up, rising from age 54 in the year 1920 to 78 today. Higher quality healthcare, availability of immunizations, and more public awareness about perusing a life of health and wellness are all at work here. These are abridged tips from researches at the Mayo Clinic, along with experts on longevity, that can help health conscientious RNs and therapists live to be 100!
- Tip #1: Take a Page (or three!) from The Longevity Project, one of the largest studies of its kind! Stanford researchers Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin picked up on a study that began generations before they were born. In 1921, the longevity study began tracking the loves and lives of 1,500 Americans from childhood to death. The study continues 80 years later, with research teams led by Friedman/Martin. These health and wellness gurus determined that social connections, personality and marriage are as important in determining how long you live, as what you eat and how much you exercise.
- Tip #2: Don’t Worry, Be Happy: **Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that optimistic people had a 50% decreased risk of early death compared with those who leaned more toward pessimism. Health professionals find further proof that being mellow is good for you, in a study led by the **Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Men classified as having the highest level of anger in response to stress were over three times more likely to develop premature heart disease than men who reported lower anger responses. They were also over six times more likely to have a heart attack by the age of 55.
- Tip #3: Get an Advanced Cholesterol Test or VAP Test: It has been shown to detect 90% of heart disease patients. Different than a routine lipid panel, the VAP helps physicians more specifically match a drug or combination of drugs with a patient’s cholesterol profile. The test is offered by the Atherotech Diagnostics Lab, and the cost is reimbursable by Medicare.
- Tip #4: Be Money Wise: **According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 24% of those with family income less than $20,000 per year suffered from chronic disease, whereas only 6% of people with an income of $75,000 or more have this problem. Healthcare careers in travel nursing and allied health can help you prepare for an ample retirement and earn a competitive salary in the meantime.
- Tip #5: Inhale those Antioxidants! National Geographic Fellow, Dan Buettner (seen in the video below) has published what many longevity experts believe to be the edict on living to be 100. When asked, how to live to be 100, his first piece of advice is: “Eat nuts and socialize”. Nuts, like other “superfoods” are rich in omega 3 fats. Longevity seekers should also snack regularly on foods that contain plenty of antioxidants, abundant in Healthy Careers’ most recent recipe for a Frozen Grape Snack, paired with a square of dark chocolate.
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Nurses who work in gerontology will be among the first to agree that longevity and healthy aging is not only genetic, but contingent on getting enough exercise, avoiding cigarettes, maintaining a healthy weight and getting adequate sleep. Share your health and wellness tips here or on our Healthy Careers Facebook page!**Research cited in this article came from the CDC, NPR and msn.com’s tips for living longer. Other source material is owed to Prevention Magazine and the book, Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer.