Although I’ve never been a person who gets caught up by age, I turned 40 earlier this year, and I admit this number has given me pause. For me, it marks the beginning of looking at my own longevity. My first 40 years are now behind me, and I’m turning to look at what the next 40 might look like.
Considering that life expectancy has risen from 47.3 at the turn of the last century to 77.8 years as of 2005, it’s not unreasonable for me to expect to live at least another four decades as outlined by Joel Warner in Delicious Living's “How to age well." Warner says, “The aging process isn’t set in stone; it’s the slow weakening of our body’s building blocks, as well as the gradual decline of natural repair processes.”
One “slow weakening” on my mind is osteoporosis, which affects approximately 10 million Americans—most of them women. If this disease is of concern to you, too, be sure to go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation to learn more about bone health and to help celebrate World Osteoporosis Day on October 20. Osteoporosis can be countered with a number of solutions, including healthy eating habits, exercising regularly and getting more sleep. For more healthy solutions to osteoporosis be sure to read Delicious Living's "Stay ahead of osteoporosis."
I realize that what worked to keep me healthy when I was 30 may not work as well now that I’m 40, or when I’m 50. But with the appropriate adjustments and smart strategies, I hope to think back on my 40s from the healthy perch of 80—or more.