70 is the new 60 or 60 is the new 50 or so on.
Long enough that the 70 of today could likely be the 30 of then. And though the hundreds of clicky headlines and gentle reassurances on milestone birthdays might seem to ring hollow, scientific studies show there really is something to all this [insert age] is the new [insert age] talk.
So what is the secret to aging well? To living longer and living well?
We all know that sunscreen, drinking lots of water, and obeying our Fitbit’s demands, but the secret to new generations outperforming their elders in the aging department may be far more fundamental.
Studies went beyond the typical skin deep observations to pinpoint the keys not only to living longer but living well for as many years as possible. The factor that made a surprisingly dramatic difference – education.
The Cognitive Difference
Studies have shown that with more years of education seemed to lead to better brain function down the road.
Be Well, Stay Well
Even though cognizance clearly has a powerful influence on the aging process, the factors that loomed largest in the aging process were physical activity and a healthier diet.
Therefore when we (particularly women) think of the secret to aging well, our minds turn to aesthetic procedures and pricey beauty treatments. But the best way to spend your later years is in good health.
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