Recent headlines about retirement have been: Traditional pension plans are becoming extinct, most boomers' retirement savings are inadequate, and we face the threat of high bills for medical and long-term care expenses. Not surprisingly, about security in their retirement years is at an all-time low. Is there any good news out there?
You betcha! In spite of all the depressing stories, I'd rather be aging now than in any prior era. In a series of posts this week, let me show you five reasons why we should feel thankful for being "older folks" now as the holiday season approaches.
Thankful Reason #1: We know how to age well
A generation ago, we didn't have the substantial amount of research that now shows us how to live longer lives and increase our "health span" - the period of time during which we're living independently and enjoying life to the fullest extent. This research is summarized in a number of easy-to-read, popular books, including these:
-- Successful Aging, by John Wallis Rowe M.D. and Robert L. Kahn
-- The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain, by Dr. Gene Cohen
Hint: These books might make good Christmas presents for your boomer friends and relatives.
The recommendations from these books will sound familiar to readers of my posts: Eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce the unhealthy fats you consume, keep your weight at a healthy level, get plenty of exercise, develop a robust social life, don't smoke, and don't abuse alcohol or other substances.
Taking these actions is easier said than done, I know, but at least now we know what to do to maintain our health. It's up to us to find the motivation to improve our lives!
Stay tuned tomorrow, for the second retirement reason to be thankful.