I recently took an Internet test to see what my life expectancy was.
It asked a lot of questions about life habits, history of disease in the family and even education. After I’d answered all the questions I clicked the Calculate-Life-Expectancy button at the bottom of the page.
Barring any accidents, I could live to be 94.3 years old. That is way longer than I expected as I’ve always thought I’d leave this planet at 85. The question is not only how long can I live, but, how can I life a long and healthy life.
Want to Have a Long and Healthy Life? Here Are Some Sobering Statistics
The sobering part of this is that by age 80 we have a 30% chance of getting dementia and by 85 it’s almost a 50% chance of getting some type of dementia whether it’s from Alzheimer’s (AD), Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, vascular dementia or other diseases.
That’s pretty scary to me since my husband, Bob, had Alzheimer’s for 14 years. He passed away unable to feed or toilet himself, walk or remember our life together. He could barely speak and when he did he mostly made no sense at all.
The Alzheimer’s Association states that someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds. The report also says that 5.5 million people in the US are living with the disease, and two-thirds of those are women. So not only are women the major source of unpaid family caregivers but we are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Embracing our Brains
Despite these statistics, I find dwelling on them makes for too many anxious or sleepless nights. For me, it’s important to know the facts but not be controlled by them. Instead I choose to live with a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle. How about you? Are you motivated to make changes in your lifestyle to stave off dementia? Not sure how to do this?
The Alzheimer’s Organization suggests ways to give yourself a better chance of doing just that. And the number one item is not a surprise. Here it comes (and I know you might not want to hear this) – exercise.
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