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GOOD NEWS FOR BABY BOOMERS: 80 WILL BE THE NEW 50! HERE'S WHY:

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 8/18/2010

 

According to recent research from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association (http://tinyurl.com/2ah95rx), as long as Baby Boomers participate in certain healthy behaviors and thought patterns, we'll continue to enjoy vital, satisfying lives until our 70s and beyond.

Regular physical exercise, cognitively stimulating activities, maintaining an optimistic mental outlook, finding meaning in life.  The good news for the Baby Boomers is that there is increasing evidence that their behavior at age 50 will impact how they feel at age 80.
The first of the Baby Boomer generation will officially enter the beginning of old age in 2011 by turning 65.

Recent research findings suggest that if the members of this cohort group engage in certain healthy behaviors and thought patterns in their middle years, they will experience a vital, satisfying life in their 70s and beyond.

This article reviews the existing literature, including the results of longitudinal studies showing variables that predicted successful aging. Focusing on a lifespan psychology perspective of aging, the authors provide behavioral recommendations for middle age individuals that are likely to prevent disease-related disability, cognitive impairment, and late life depression.

 

 

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