Outside of the United States, there are many individuals who live to years well beyond their 100th birthday. In fact, the oldest person reportedly has celebrated a birthday believed to be around number 138.
For many Americans, the life expectancy will end when we reach our mid to late 70’s. However, with increased focus on practices in alternative medicine, these same individuals are now expanding their life expectancy to ages well beyond their 100th birthday.
So, how do we all ensure we can live to be 100? Well, there are no guarantees in life. However, there are measures we can take to promote and improve our mental and physical well being which will, ultimately, expand our life expectancy should we be so fortunate as to avoid tragic terminal illness or injury.
In terms of the mental connection and our ability to reach the age of 100, research has shown that those individuals who are most connected with not only family and friends, but also a spiritual organization, are at a greater advantage for passing the century mark. Because spirituality has shown to improve the natural immune system function, individuals who attend church on a regular basis often find they suffer from decreased risk of disease including, but not limited to, blood pressure abnormalities, risk of coronary heart disease and even respiratory complications.
In addition to spirituality, research has also shown that if we establish a solid set of individuals on which we have companionship, we are at a greater advantage for living beyond our 100th birthday. These companionships do not necessarily need to be in the form of a spouse or life partner but, instead, may be children, friends or even social networks at local civic organizations.
Keeping your brain active is another way in which we can pass over and celebrate our 100th birthday. Brain power is a key factor in premature death and, to boost brain power, many senior adults are turning to organized educational opportunities to encourage stimulation of their brain cells. Senior centers are now offering more mentally challenging programs including education in computer use, challenges in complex game skills, such as chess, and even offering teaching in methods to alleviate stress. As a senior adult, you can expand your life expectancy by becoming involved in these higher mental processes so as to encourage active brain function.
As most adult know, practicing a healthy lifestyle will serve to promote and increase life expectancy. But, physical health is only half of the battle in reaching the 100th birthday. To further promote longevity, it is important to keep your brain healthy and strong, find solid relationships on which to build and maintain companionship and become involved in a spiritual or religious affiliation.