HEALTHY AGEING: HAVE A PURPOSE, DREAM AND GOAL IN LIFE

HEALTHY AGEING: HAVE A PURPOSE, DREAM AND GOAL IN LIFE

Read 10 points to healthy ageing here.

When we discuss ageing issues the first thing that comes to our mind are the physical issues. However we humans actually should look at ageing from the perspective of Mind, Body and Spirit. We actually are a combination of this three ‘things’. The Spirit I talk of here is really our Purpose. I will define Purpose as simply the reason we were born. All of us are unique and each one of us has our own unique purpose.

However a lot of people go through life without ever finding out their purpose. Sometimes I agree it can be difficult. Most of us go through life like been on a treadmill and been stuck in our daily rut. Our purpose can be something unique to us. How do you know what is your purpose? It will be something that excites you when you think about it. You feel happy when you are doing it and will do it even if you do not get paid for it.

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Why is purpose important for healthy ageing? I have seen that purpose driven people seem to age better. In addition, it drives you to get up in the morning to complete your tasks. There are enough studies to show that people who retire too early and have nothing to do and do nothing have shorter life spans. Be it a hobby or any activity, do something even if you have retired. Always have new dreams and new goals to achieve.

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So, if we still do not know what is our purpose, then just start with dreams and goals. Your dreams can be materialistic in the beginning and goals can be put in place to achieve them. Again your dreams and goals must be specific. There are enough books written on these subjects and you can read them but never under estimate the power of the mind in healthy ageing.

Keeping the mind active is also a key element in healthy ageing. Mental stimulation keeps the deadly disease Alzheimer’s away. Always keep your mind active by reading and engaging in mental activities. That’s why having Dreams, Goals and a Purpose will keep you active both mentally and physically. This helps to release the right chemicals and hormones in your body that will energize you and keep you feeling younger. People with dreams, goals and a purpose also are more happy and less at risk from loneliness and depression.

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So in your quest for longevity and ageing well, remember that that your Mind and Spirit are the most important and you need to get them right before you even look at the physical elements.

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Dato' Dr. Rajbans Singh

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10 POINTS TO HEALTHY AGEING

10 POINTS TO HEALTHY AGEING

The world is ageing. Called the “Greying of the Nations” our lifespan has almost doubled the last 100 years. Though people are living longer however the majority are not ageing well. Today people are getting chronic diseases, immune deficiencies, cancers and degenerative disorders that lead to immobility, isolation and depression. The number of nursing homes are increasing not only in Malaysia but all over the world. This is a sign of a crisis brewing.

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There is however a group of people in certain regions in the world who seem to be defying this. Collectively known as the Blue Zones, people living here seem to live longer and be disease free right till their old age.

Taking from what nature has thought us as seen in the Blue Zones and what science and technology is bringing to the table, I have come up with the 10 points to Healthy Ageing.

The 10 points are mentioned below and each one will be expanded on in the next write ups.

1) Have a purpose in life. Have dreams, goals and always keep your mind active.

2) Be socially engaged.

3) Nutrition. ‘Thy food is thy medicine and thy medicine  is thy food’ Hippocrates the father of modern medicine.

4) Exercise. The best buy in public health.

5) Managing your stress and having proper sleep.

6) Combating free radicals.

7) Strengthening your immune system.

8) Balancing your hormones.

9) The future – DNA, Stem cells and Telomere.

10) The future – Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence.

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