Wouldn’t most of us, if not all, like to be? I recently had the opportunity to attend the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston, and attended a session “Forever Young: Tips for Aging Gracefully and Living Well.” I figured that for those of us who have been working in the financial services industry for many years, I might pick up some hints to help us to keep up with the newer folks. The three panelists shared their insights on the topic, based on research they’ve done and the trends they see on a daily basis in their jobs – director of life management at Canyon Ranch, HUB health editor for Boston Magazine, and a doctor focused on nutrition and healthy aging. I came away with three main tips:
First, no surprise here, is the importance of fitness and good nutrition, although the latter can be a challenge since oftentimes what was supposedly good for us yesterday is no longer good for us today – chocolate, coffee, red wine, etc.
Then, the benefits of yoga were highlighted. The panelist who discussed it admitted she did not practice yoga but was planning to take it up. Why? Her research had identified some major advantages: can slow dementia, help to decrease back pain and reduce the need for related medications, and seems to make people more compassionate.
The last point was the most powerful to me. It’s essential to continually do things that “shock you in newness” no matter what your age – learn a new language, how to dance, etc. Novelty is key! So, I guess it’s not too late for me to finally learn how to swim.