Science has demonstrated that these chronic diseases are largely preventable, some even reversible. With this knowledge, anyone wishing to live a long life can. Physicians like Dr. Joel Kahn and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn have written about how to prevent heart disease. Dr. Neal Barnard teaches diabetics how to reverse the condition, while Dr. T. Colin Campbell has done extensive research on turning on and off cancer genes.
The Alzheimer's Association has reported that "several conditions known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease — such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol — also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's. Some autopsy studies show that as many as 80% of individuals with Alzheimer's disease also have cardiovascular disease."
Following known protocols to prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer also serve well to prevent other lifestyle diseases and common physical complaints of old age.
Why? Because The World Needs Your Wisdom & Artistry
The accumulation of your knowledge is precious. Perhaps you've considerable spiritual, career, or avocational information and skill. Sharing and teaching others, younger or older, in person or online, need never stop.
Your community — neighborhood, town, church, virtual — is enhanced when you volunteer at a nonprofit organization, sing in a choir, or teach others how to speak a foreign language, set up a small business, or write a novel.
Active and engaged seniors are the bedrock of any community. They are wise, value service over recognition, understand life's challenges, and have time-sensitive perspective on life. Those who remain positive into old age possess keys to happiness that can benefit everyone.
Now is the time to plan and prepare for a physically and financially independent second half of life. It is a false assumption to believe that everyone who grows old will become decrepit and dependent on another for care. We can study the Blue Zones to see how seniors continue to work, enjoy life, and contribute purposefully until death.
Why? Because You Get More Time to Get It Right
The top five regrets of the dying are: