May 5, 2014

Will You Live to 90 and Beyond? Here are Some Startling Tips

Did you know that men and women above the age of 90 are the fastest growing segment of the population in the U.S.?

Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Do You Think You Will Live Past 90?
Do You Think You
Will Live Past 90?

Do you think you will live to beyond 90 years old?

If so, I strongly suggest you take a look at this two part segment from 60 Minutes - Living to 90 and Beyond.

You can watch each segment right here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

Go watch.

You are going to love watching and listening to Jane Whistler. She will be 100 years old soon.

Now for some perspective on the findings of The 90+ Study.

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What About Exercise?

"People who exercised definitely lived longer than people who didn't exercise. As little as 15 minutes a day on average made a difference. Forty-five was the best. Even three hours didn't beat 45 minutes a day."

Here is the good news. You don't have to do all at once. And, it doesn't have to be intense.

What to live a good life beyond 90? Think about it.

What about Vitamins?

People who took Vitamin E didn't live any longer than people who didn't take Vitamin E.

In fact, the study showed that vitamins don't matter. According to lead scientist, Claudia Kawas, "the short answer is none of 'em made a difference".

I found this of great interest. After Dotty was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I started feeding both of us all kinds of vitamins. C,E, B12, D, folic acid, antioxidants, etc.

Then it dawned on me. Why don't we start eating all the things that can give us the same thing.

Spinach, Kale, brocolli, beans, figs, pears, almonds, salmon, etc. Figs are high in antioxidants and traditionally used to treat constipation. I obtained some on the list from Dr Oz.

See, Dr Oz on Poop and High Fiber Foods.

There is nothing better than sunlight for Vitamin D. Forget the pills, get out in the bright light.

What about Alcohol?

Alcohol is bad for your right? Not according to the 90+ Study.
Moderate alcohol intake was associated with living longer than individuals who did not consume alcohol.
By now you are probably thinking I have to start drinking red wine. Okay.

Not exactly, any kind of alcohol in moderation is good. Go ahead have the martini.

The study found,

Up to two drinks a day led to a 10-15 percent reduced risk of death compared to non-drinkers.

Coming down to Delray Beach? Let's party.

What About Coffee?

Good news.

Caffeine intake equivalent to 1-3 cups of coffee a day was better than more, or none.

What About My Belly?

More good news.

It turns out that the best thing to do as you age is to at least maintain or even gain weight.

Uh oh. Being obese is not good. And being overweight or obese when you are young is not good at all.

But,

late in life, they found people who were overweight or average weight both outlived people who were underweight.

Hold on a second I have to go get a Hershey bar. Just kidding.

Claudia Kawas said: It's not good to be skinny when you're old.

Am I old yet? Can I stop worrying about losing weight?

What About High Blood Pressure?

Hold on to your seat.

According to the studies finding so far,

If you have high blood pressure, it looks like your risk of dementia is lower.

Go ahead, read it again. I checked it. It is what they are finding.

However, having high blood pressure when you are 50, 60, 70 not good.

You know, I am starting to think getting older old is pretty good.

What About Sex?

Helen Weil, 92, and Henry Tornell, 94, both widowed, have been dating for three years. Let's just say they are very affectionate. If you watch the video you will also notice they are very good dancers.

What About Socialization and Fun?

If you watch the first segment (video), I think you are going to come to the same conclusion I came to.

These older old people are having fun. They are out there doing things, even driving and exercising.

They seem to be very happy, and rather proud of themselves.

I concluded that socialization is still the key to success.

Will I be at the Banana Boat when I am in my 90s?

I think the more important question is will the Banana Boat still be there when I am 100?

Just so you know, Dotty and I were still going to the Banana Boat when she was 95 years old, and living with dementia.

To my dearest readers I ask - do you think that made a difference in Dotty's life?

What have I been saying for 6 years?

Get out of your cave. Get out into the bright light.

Start living your life.

I can tell you this. When people said they felt all sad for me while I was taking care of Dotty. When they thought that I had no life, I told them I had a great life, a wonderful life. I said it right here on the ARR also.

I told them I did not feel like I missing out on anything. I said at the time, my life is only half over and I still have the other half in front of me.

Will I make it to 120 years old like I have always said I will.

Who knows?

I can say after watching Will You Live to Be 90 and Beyond - the Beyond looks pretty good to me.

I hope I am not still here writing on the Alzheimer's Reading Room when I reach the Beyond. I hope they take care of that problem soon.

Don't worry I already have a good idea for a new blog down the road.

How to Pick Up Chicks After Age 90.

Gee, I hope the word "chicks" doesn't get me in trouble.

One thing for sure, there are going to be a lot of us around after age 90 in the future. So it shouldn't be lonely.

Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,600 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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