Throughout history, elderly people were seen as respected leaders, pillars of wisdom for the community. And yet today, seniors are largely relegated to the corners of our society, marginalized and disrespected. This is partly due to the fact that in our modern world, growing old is equated with becoming sick, decrepit, and senile. It’s true that the rate of diseases like Alzheimer’s is growing rapidly, with 1 in 3 seniors now dying with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. But does growing old have to be this way? According to research, not necessarily. Research such as the Okinawa study suggests that there’s no reason why the majority of us can’t live at least 100 disease-free, healthy years. And there’s currently a lot of exciting research centered around telomere length in relation to our longevity. Basically, the longer your telomeres (the end caps to your chromosomes), the longer you might live.
But it’s not just about how many years you live. It’s about quantity and quality of life.
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