If there is an action plan for you to live to 100, would you give it a try?
Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) and Time magazine conducted a survey and revealed an interesting result that: 77% American wants to live to 100 and 1/3 believes that they will live beyond 90. Only 1/3 reported that they are happy with their financial situation and health. The remain believes that they don’t have enough resources to live to 100. The project (SCL Sightlines Project) identified that there are 3 factors that affect on people’s well-being when they are aging: 1) financial security. 2) healthy living 3) social engagement. If we have specific action steps for each of these factors, we can help to improve the possibility of increasing our life span.
For each factor, there are 9 action steps that people can take to help them to improve their life. Use these steps as a checklist for those who want to improve their possibility to live to 100.
- Earn enough income that is more than 200% of federal poverty level
- Keep your debt to manageable levels
- Have at least $3000 for emergency
- Keep a fund for non-retirement goals
- Open a bank account for retirement
- Buy and own a home
- Register health insurance
- Get long-term disability insurance and care protection
- Register life insurance
Focusing on 2 categories: healthy daily activities and risky behaviors
- Exercise at least 150 minutes a week.
- Sitting less than 320 minutes per day or keep sedentary time to a minimum of 320 minutes.
- Keep your BMI less than 30 (Body Mass Index)
- Eat 5 fruits and vegetable every day
- Sleep 7-9 hours per night
- Avoid nicotine and tobacco
- Avoid alcohol or consume moderately
- Avoid using illicit drug
This factor is not as important as Financial Security and Healthy Living, but research has shown that social engagement has benefits to physical, mental, emotional and longevity. We focus on 2 categories: meaningful relationships and group involvement.
- Get deep understanding with spouse and partner
- Find opportunity to meet with family member
- Get support from family
- Get support from friends
- Increase meeting with friends
- Talk to your neighbors
- Volunteer doing something in group
- Joining the workforce
It is certainly that applying all these steps can’t guarantee a long, healthy life. You can see that there are people who do not follow these steps still have a long, healthy, happy life and also there are people who have healthy habits but don’t live a long life. There is always an exception. However, follow these steps give you a bigger possibility to live healthier and longer, as some scientific evidence has shown that these are benefits to our health.