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You will observe that a common characteristic of active older ones is their maintenance of a meaningful work schedule-either for secular work or as volunteer workers. They also exercise regularly and keep an active interest in people of all age groups.
At present, the uncomfortable truth is that even as you read this article, you too are growing older. Wisely, though, you will live by the saying - just as health sustains activity, it is an active life that stands the best chance of being a healthy one.
The National Institute on Aging, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says that "the chances of staying healthy and living a long time can be improved" by following the points below:We used to think that you lost brain cells every day of your life everywhere in the brain, says Dr. Marilyn Albert, a professor of psychiatry and neurology. That's just not so-you do have some loss with healthy aging, but not so dramatic, and in very selective brain areas. Moreover, recent findings suggest that even the long-held conviction that humans cannot grow new brain cells is, at the very least, far too sweeping, reports Scientific American of November 1998. Neuroscientists say that they have now collected evidence that even elderly people do create additional neurons by the hundred
Thirty minutes of moderate activity each day is a good goal, says the National Institute on Aging (NIA). But you don't have to exercise for 30 minutes all at once. Doing exercises for three short sessions of 10 minutes each is said to have the same benefits. Short bursts of activity, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking instead of driving, raking leaves, playing actively with children, gardening, and even doing household chores all are good activities that can help. Of course, it is wise to consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.