Posts Tagged ‘ longevity ’

SENIORS DEVELOP LASTING FRIENDSHIPS

Jul 10th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you have recently moved from a long time residence to an entirely different one, early on it will be critical, for your own satisfaction, to develop new and lasting friendships. Leaving persons behind who have meant much, for whom we have cared much, and whose absence in our lives will require initiative for replacement will be extremely important… both for companionship as well as for longevity. Research tells us that many factors contribute to longevity, including having a solid group of friends and positive thinking.

At church the other morning, I was glad to strike up a conversation with a long time member whose countenance seemed inviting. Indeed it was. The encounter was delicious, delightful and encouraging of future exchanges. It will require taking initiative and being open to his doing so. I have seldom found a person who doesn’t have an interesting life story, an intriguing



SENIOR BEST FRIENDS: EXERCISE AND NUTRITION

Jun 6th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Healthy Senior Living SeniorCitizenJournal.com has long been a proponent of exercise and nutrition for a healthy senior lifestyle. Research across the board tells us that both components contribute to longevity and healthy aging. And often when women begin to make healthier choices, their male counterparts follow along.// Healthy senior living is a choice. We seniors [...]



WILL I REACH ONE HUNDRED?

Jun 5th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Edging closer to three quarters of a century, having said goodbye to my 93 year old Mom, aware of the genetic influences governing my life and chances, what are my chances to reach 100? Depending on a whole sack full of circumstances, the chances may be better than I think. While not a gambler, I am not sure I am willing to bet on it.

Yet, everyday when reviewing the obituaries, I find that those who have died are edging closer to the 100 mark. Lots of 80 and 90 year olds seem to show up in the listings. Some die because of the insidious invasion of cancer; many have just reached what is perceived to be the warranty stage of “three score and ten.”



Life Expectancies By Nationality: Can Your Genes Help You Live Longer?

May 4th, 2012 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Lifestyle affects life expectancies more than genetics, but genetics and nationality do play a role in longevity. Certain nationalities have longer life spans than others, but the reasons differ culturally. Stress levels, location, diet, exercise, income levels and health care access all play a role in the life expectancy, and all vary from culture to [...]



WHY DO WOMEN LIVE LONGER THAN MEN?

Feb 28th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Senior Women Longevity Almost everything we hear about and read about tells us that women live longer than men on average.  Best statistics suggest its about 10 years longer.  Eighty-five percent of people over 100 are women.  One prominent article on the Internet suggested it is because cardiovascular disease is worse for men than women, [...]



Positive Living for Longevity

Jul 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Many of us senior women enjoy the spirit of happiness, and have done so most of our lives.  That spirit is what Johns Hopkins Health Alert calls the Power of Positive Psychology.  SCJ editors resonated with the message in this Health Alert, and wanted to both cite it and expand on the notion of living [...]



Senior Health: Longevity Explained

May 17th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

A new specialty began to emerge in Social Work and Medicine about 30-40 years ago.  Social workers and physicians realized the numbers of senior citizens would only increase as years go by, and the specialty of Gerontology came upon university curricula.  Gerontologists are helping specialists who focus only on senior citizens, their social issues and [...]