Living Long, Living Well: Lessons from Japan

Japan’s centenarian population just passed 80,000 for the first time ever. The Blue Zones research that looked at longevity hot spots throughout the world included Okinawa in Japan.One of the longevity practices the Blue Zones project identified among Okinawans was strong social connections—some of these connections were life-long. Physical activity and diet were also identified as keys to healthy, longer lives.One of the individuals credited with helping people in his country to live longer and better was Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, the author of Living Long, Living Good. Dr. Hinohara passed in 2017 at the age of 105. At the time,…

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My New and Better Life Outside the Box

We found our ‘forever’ puppy seven years ago. He was the last of a litter. When we first saw him, he was living in a 4 x 6 wooden box with a smaller box inside for sleeping. He was eager to play with us as long as he could stay inside his box. But when we took him outside for a taste of real freedom and an opportunity to explore the world around him, he froze. As confining as it was, his box was all he knew. Once we took him home, it took time for him to recognize that…

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The Gift of Time: How Will You Use It?

Once upon a time, people could only hope they would live long enough to draw Social Security. People over 50 were considered old. At 65, people were commonly referred to as ‘elderly.’ Now it is no longer appropriate to suggest most people over 65 are ‘elderly.’ Referring to older people as ‘senior citizens’ can also be perceived as outdated.  Unlike earlier generations, most of us now anticipate a generous gift of time. A good many of us also see ourselves at a new beginning point rather than at the end.New BeginningsTimes have changed. Today, people in their fifties and beyond…

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