Thanks to a landmark 10-year study by the MacArthur Foundation, we know that 70% of physical aging, and about 50% of mental aging, is determined by lifestyle — the choices we make every day.
According to Time magazine, getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night can improve concentration, sharpen planning and memory skills, and maintain the fat-burning systems that regulate our weight. If every one of us slept as much as we’re supposed to, we’d all be lighter, less prone to developing Type 2 diabetes and most likely better equipped to battle depression and anxiety.
Walk more, sit less
Studies show that walking briskly for one to two hours a week (15-20 minutes a day) starts to decrease the changes of having a heart attack or stroke, developing diabetes or dying prematurely.
The nation spends $30 billion a year treating older adults for the effects of falls. If we cannot
stem the rate of falls, it’s projected that direct treatment costs will reach $69.5 billion by 2020.
Only one-third of pre-retirees say they have a retirement plan, compared to just 57% of retirees.
80% vs. 20%
Retirees are four times more likely to say they are continuing to work in retirement because they “want to” (80%) rather than because they “have to” (20%).
Sources: Cohousing Association of the U.S., Charles Schwab 401(k) Participant Survey, August 2014, 2013. Merrill Lynch and Age Wave national study, “Family & Retirement: The Elephant in the Room.” 2014 Merrill Lynch and Age Wave national study, “Work in Retirement: Myths and Motivations.” Society of Actuaries Risks and Process of Retirement Survey Report of Findings, Harvard School of Public Health