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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Using Zoom to Stay in Contact During Covid19

I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch tomorrow. We’ve canceled our meeting but will have a virtual happy hour late tomorrow afternoon. For those of us over fifty, we are well aware that we are at higher risk for complications from Covid-19. We need to protect ourselves from social interaction, yet we also need to stay connected with others for our own well-being, if not for business reasons. Free and Easy to Use with Lots of Great Features If you are not already using the Zoom app to stay in contact, I strongly suggest you consider taking about…

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Social Connections Matter

Part 5 – Social Connections MatterWhen we are still employed, it is often our co-workers who are our go-to lunch companions or after-work ‘wine and whine’ friends. We may feel close to some of these individuals, but once we leave our careers, most of those connections we enjoyed usually fade away rather quickly. Yet social connections matter!Longevity and retirement research emphasize the importance of social connections for our mental and physical well-being. And while women tend to develop social networks a bit more easily than some men do, it usually takes some effort and planning for most all people to…

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