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How to Live to Be 100
Are You a Woman?
Do You Have a Healthy Weight?
Are You a Non-smoker?
Do You Handle Stress Well?
Are You an Extrovert?
Do You Have Close Relatives Who Have Lived Exceptionally Long?
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- Take care of your health. If you have a family history of chronic conditions, like heart disease, work with your doctor. Find out what you can do to lower your risk, like making lifestyle changes or taking medicine.
- Avoid smoking. If you are currently a smoker, ask your doctor for strategies to quit .
- If you drink alcohol, only drink in moderation . This means one drink per day for a woman and two drinks for a man. There is some evidence that moderate alcohol use may ward off dementia . Heavy drinking, on the other hand, can lead to liver damage and other physical and mental health conditions.
- Handle stress more effectively. By working with a therapist , you can learn coping strategies and relaxation techniques that can make difficult times easier to get through.
- Let your extroverted side come out to play. Socializing with friends and family and adopting an optimist attitude may help you live longer and enjoy each day more.
- Eat a healthy diet. Adopting the Mediterranean diet , with its emphasis on plant-based foods and olive oil may help to reduce your risk of cognitive impairment . Eating more fish may also offer benefits.
- Exercise regularly. Beyond lowering your risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, being physically active may also improve the way your brain works and decrease your risk of cognitive impairment.
- Keep your brain busy. There is some evidence you can keep cognitive impairment at bay by challenging your brain. Engage in activities that you find mentally stimulating, and try learning something new!
The New England Centenarian Study http://www.bumc.bu.edu
Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program http://www.beeson.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013