My daughter visited an assisted living facility the for Halloween and couple of days later, she made a very interesting observation. She told me that the people there were really not “that old.” I thought for a moment and realized that she was probably somewhat right! It was the perfect opportunity to remind her how important it is to take care of your body your entire life so you can live a long, productive and independent life!
According to American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, an individual’s average age when he or she moves into a nursing home is 79. As a grand daughter of a nursing home resident, I am grateful seniors who need help in their later years have a place to receive proper care. But, I couldn’t help but wonder if they would ALL be there if they had lived a healthier life by not eating sugary, processed foods, exercising most days of the week and weight training to help increase muscle mass and maintain bone density. I believe that at least for some, a few changes in their lifestyles a little earlier might have given them many more years of independence.
A perfect example of someone who took great care of his body and is living life to the fullest even at the age of 93, is Jack La Lanne. For an inspiring video, see below.
To better health and fitness for many years to come,
Just hang in there past the chit chat to about 2:30 minutes in!