November 13, 2020 | by Thomas Day
Aging and death are an inevitable consequence of being part of an earthly existence. But not all people are the same when it comes to aging. Some people are "old" well before their time and well before that magical and totally arbitrary age of 65. Others remain active and healthy well into their 80s and 90s. Many would argue those who age prematurely and who die early do so because of the genetic disposition that dictates the outcome. In some cases this may be true. In many cases this is not true. There are a number of factors that affect the health and longevity of aging seniors. Here are some social factors that have been shown to affect the aging process
- Socioeconomic status
- Level of education
- Level of physical and cognitive functioning
- Living arrangement such as one of high social status or living arrangement of very low social status
- A mental and emotionally challenging lifestyle
Longevity and quality of life are also very much determined by what a person does to maintain his or her own physical and mental health. Examples of this might include
- Receiving timely and effective medical care
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating nutritious meals
- Getting the right amount of sleep
- Consistently getting adequate exercise
- Avoiding excessive use of alcohol, smoking and other non-healthy habits
- Maintaining social stimulation
- Maintaining mental stimulation
- Maintaining a positive attitude towards life
- Avoiding stress
- Getting help with depression
We will discuss below in further detail how some of these issues profoundly affect the aging process and also affect the quality of life in later years.
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