Expert advice for enjoying life to the fullest
Life expectancy has increased dramatically in India and today the average Indian lives almost 30 years longer than he would have been 60 years ago. Life expectancy at birth in India was 41 years in 1960 and over 70 today. And there is no sign of this model capping. By shifting our focus to Japan, a country with one of the highest life expectancies, and with strong longevity indicators such as standard of living and health innovations, life expectancy at home birth in 2019 was 84. And since life expectancy is cited as an average person, there would be many who would be above average – nearly 100 years or even beyond. And, yes, even you can live 100+ years.
In writing this article, we asked a few of our friends to participate in one of the many fairly reputable life expectancy calculators that use demographics and other health metrics to determine average expectancy. . The verdict? Most men and women have understood that depending on their lifestyle and health parameters, they can live far longer than their same-sex parent. About 10-18 years older. Wow!
WHY IS LIFE EXPECTANCY INCREASING?
There are many reasons why there has been such a significant increase in life expectancy. Here, we take a look at the major causes, which help you live 100+ years.
Improve medical care
The meteoric rise in medical care, including innovations in care protocols, is one of the major factors in lengthening the lifespan of people. Deaths from myocardial offenses (layman’s heart attack) declined by more than 55 percent in the 1970s and 1980s. Infectious diseases, the cause of many deaths, decrease with increasing living standards, conditions. hygiene and public vaccination campaigns. As a result, people were not physically ravaged by the disease as before.
Reduce work-related stress
In addition, the transition from manual work to office work has reduced stress, which greatly contributes to reducing lifespan.
Better eating habits
As the standard of living increases with the increased consumption of nutritious food / protein, the driving effect towards better health has started to accelerate.
Easy access to education
Education and access to information help people make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, cutting out sugars, and exercising more.
It’s all of these factors that work together, including the cumulative effect of the benefits that propel our longevity forward. It may peak, but no one knows yet when, especially as the pace of innovation in healthcare and genetics continues to increase – exponentially and relentlessly.
EFFECTIVE TIPS TO LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST
We were struck by the fact that a 50-year-old, once considered old, is now in his prime – maybe he still has 50% of his adult life left. What can you do today to make your remaining life active, productive and healthy? We will stay away from prescriptive responses (like calorie restrictive diets, green tea, and exercise – all very helpful in living longer) and the attempt will be to help you change your outlook and your lifestyle.
Visualize your old age
Let’s start by visualizing yourself in your 80s or even 90s. Would you like to be independent both financially and in health? Would you like your mental faculties to be at their best? Do you want to contribute until the end? The answer to these questions will lead you to your favorable destination. And it can be on a multitude of dimensions – mobility @ 80, spirit @ 80, BankBalance @ 80, etc.
By working backwards, you will know what you need to do today. For example, if you want to climb the 3 flights of stairs with a grocery bag at 85, we suggest you do the same today, and if you are short of breath and your knees hurt, you should consult a doctor and strengthen your muscles. It is recommended that you keep a journal of your favorable destination analysis and things to do – to keep you consistent and correct in your direction.
The law of deferred gratification
Another general principle is important – coming from a simple long-term pre-kindergarten study that was undertaken in the middle of the last century. The children had, in an experiment, the possibility of getting a cookie now, or 2 cookies 15 minutes later. We have seen that children who waited not only received more cookies, but ultimately led better lives. That said, deferred gratification is extremely valuable for those who want to live into a strong and vibrant old age.
Instill good habits
Decisions, small and largely insignificant today, will dictate your life 40 years from now. The best way to systematically work on small actions is through habits. Small habits that get worse over time.
Monitor your food intake
There are people, who will say that it is not important to watch your diet or your health today, especially since we will all die one day. But then that day is many years away for most of us, and yes, we can die in an accident tomorrow or waste away with cancer. But we live in a world where probabilistic models work well to determine the future. And for most of us, it’s not the accident or the cancer that will kill us, but the ailments of aging. How you want to leave will be determined not by the health gods, but by the decisions and actions you have taken today.
(This article is written by Prateep Sen and Tamojit Dutta, Co-CEOs, Tribeca Care, one of India’s largest senior care platforms)
Posted: Jun 11, 2021 8:00 AM | Update: June 11, 2021 at 8:01 am