On Healthspan and Lifespan, and Learning From Centenarians

The dashed line is what we want, rather than the more typical curve where we gradually decline in health and capability as we age.

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I miss her, but she is still a significant good example for me.

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Life expectancy has been increasing due to contemporary medication, however typically people go through a long devastating decrease at the end of life. Adding “life to your years” is more important than adding “years to your life”. It turns out the very same procedures that can increase healthspan can likewise help with lifespan.

Ive read about longevity associated subjects recently. Possibly thats what happens when you turn 68.

Another significant aspect is attitude. It is neither needed nor practical to embrace a defeatist attitude about aging, accepting a long sluggish decline as your future. Assuming you will be healthy and vibrant for many more years is a much better outlook. Mindset can become a self-fulling prophecy.

Adding “life to your years” is more essential than adding “years to your life”. The Schmitts would constantly throw a big celebration on Auntie Dees birthday, events I keep in mind extremely fondly. On the celebration of her 95th birthday, Auntie Dee rode with a friend on an ATV, up rough roads to the top of a big hill. Auntie Dee was slim, didnt smoke, and seemed to consume a fairly healthy diet plan, although not extremely so. Caitlin penetrated for the trick to Auntie Dees longevity, and what primarily came up was attitude, such as “dont sweat the small stuff” and “go with the circulation”.

Auntie Dee was slim, didnt smoke, and seemed to eat a fairly healthy diet, although not incredibly so. Caitlin probed for the secret to Auntie Dees longevity, and what mostly came up was attitude, such as “do not sweat the small things” and “go with the circulation”.

The Schmitts would constantly throw a huge celebration on Auntie Dees birthday, gatherings I keep in mind very fondly. And we would get to see her lots of other times of the year when she was visiting. On the occasion of her 95th birthday, Auntie Dee rode with a pal on an ATV, up rough roads to the top of a big hill.

Ill cover this topic in more detail in future posts, including reviewing what I gained from the books Ive continued reading it. Here I wanted to provide an introduction. And also talk about what I learned from my favorite centenarian.

I think the most essential thing to understand is the difference in between epigenetics and genetics. Our life and health is not set by out genes, due to the fact that through epigenetics, we can impact which genes really reveal themselves. I have a family history of diabetes, my grandpa and an uncle had it. But I am not destined follow in their footsteps: They were largely sedentary and did not have especially healthy diet plans. By being active and eating well I can have a different outcome. My mother and among my Aunts both died of COPD (persistent lung disease). However they were both heavy smokers for much of their lives, so I can prevent that by not smoking.

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I had the honor and enjoyment of knowing one centenarian personally, Delores Cairns, who was born in 1908 and died in 2016 at 107, with extremely little decrease until she broke her hip about a year before she died (she was mentally sharp as a tack right up to the end). She was the auntie of my next door next-door neighbor, Barry Schmitt, when we lived in the country on Croy roadway, west of Morgan Hill. To all who knew her she was our cherished Auntie Dee. She was the descendant (as is Barry) of the Montoya siblings, who settled a 160 acre cattle ranch on Croy Road in the 1800s. Barry inherited the cattle ranch and still lives there with his other half Kathie. Auntie Dee is shown pictured above in front of the Montoya ranchhouse.

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