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Senior Health: Secrets to a Long and Happy Life

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The secret to a long life has long been a source of fascination for young and old alike. While everyone knows that a healthy lifestyle is important for longevity, even scientists disagree on exactly what factors must exist for a person to live longer than average. While researchers in the medical field keep up their debate, Orlando senior home care professionals know that some of the best secrets for longevity come straight from those who have surpassed the century mark.

Keep Current

The image of an out-of-touch senior citizen just does not add up when you speak with those who are living well into their golden years. In fact, most centenarians report using technology such as smartphones and the Internet to stay socially engaged and mentally stimulated.

Drink an Occasional Cocktail

Those who grew up in the era when a hot toddy was the cure-all for a cold will find it interesting that 110-year-old Agnes Fenton claims her secret to a long life is enjoying several beers and a whiskey each day. If that much alcohol makes your stomach hurt, then consider 104-year-old Elizabeth Sullivan’s claim that her three Dr. Peppers a day keep her going.

Laugh Often

Jeanne Calment passed at the age of 122 and was considered the oldest woman in the world at the time. When asked what her secret was to longevity, she claimed it was her sense of humor.

Do It All

Seniors who are frustrated by conflicting advice may take notes from Ian Adebayo. At 101, he claims that his best secret to stay healthy as he ages is taking the stairs and going back down. Then, he takes the elevator. This leave-no-stone-unturned approach seems to be working so far.

Develop New Interests

If there is one thing that is for certain, centenarians are not boring. Some of their favorite pastimes include fencing, mountain climbing, and bike riding. Many of the oldest people in the world took up new hobbies after the age of 85, which means it is never too late to learn a new skill.

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