Worldwide there are an estimated 450,000 centenarians, people who are living to 100-years-old and beyond. In Japan alone, the centenarian population has quadrupled in the last decade. We have also seen a rise in the number of supercentenarians, or those individuals that live past their 110th birthday.
By studying the lifestyle habits of the Okinawans of Japan, some of the longest-living and healthiest people on Earth, we are able to adapt their best practices to encourage healthy longevity and quality of life. Home Care Assistance developed the Balanced Care Method™, a unique approach to senior care based on five key lifestyle behaviors of the elders of Okinawa: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm.
Below we offer 5 ways to satisfy these lifestyle behaviors so that you may join the ranks of the centenarian elite.
- Rethink your food! Who says that each meal needs to have a meat, starch, and vegetable? Try a vegetable, vegetable, and vegetable meal and substitute your starch for quinoa. Ditch your sugary, processed cereal for a fresh breakfast and see how you feel. Find a diet that your tastebuds and your body enjoy!
- Get some good company! Having an active social life doesn’t just benefit your calendar, it boosts your mood and is good for your health. Join classes and clubs and schedule some time with those you love. If people aren’t always your thing, companionship from a pet is incredibly useful in reducing stress and boosting mood, too!
- Learn a new skill! Learning has no age, so read a new book, watch some YouTube tutorials, or register for a class. With the mass communication that technology made possible, anyone can become an expert in anything. Take advantage of this and never stop learning.
- Find a physical activity that moves you! Forcing yourself to move and get exercise is good. Finding something that moves and excites you is better. If the standard exercise class or walk isn’t making you look forward to getting physical, find a way to make it better. Research has shown that music increases physical endurance, so try playing your favorite tune and let your body move!
- Follow your passion or find it! Get the courage to embrace what you’re passionate about and make it a part of you every day life. If you haven’t found a passion or favorite hobby yet, get the courage to discover it. The old saying goes, “You don’t know ‘till you try” so try things until you find your niche.
Adapt these tips and tricks to best suit your needs. We hope to inspire you to live a happier, healthier life at any age. For more information on improving happy and healthy longevity, visit us at HomeCareAssistanceGrandRapids.com or call (616) 243-0835.