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What’s Your Vitality Plan For Your 60s And Beyond?

What’s Your Vitality Plan for Your 60s and Beyond?

Building financial security and staying healthy are consistently listed as top aging concerns for adults over 55.

Most of us know that creating a financial portfolio (make a plan, balance assets, make regular deposits) is important to ensure lifelong financial security.

But what about your vitality? Do you have a plan?

Using the familiar structure of a financial portfolio, the Vitality Portfolio® strategy encourages you to create a practical roadmap for lifelong health. Make a vitality plan, balance vitality assets (functional, core, and wellness assets), and make regular deposits.

Planning

How long do you expect to live? I ask this question during keynote speeches and people always seem to have a number in their head. In future blog posts (Aging – It’s a Family Affair), we’ll explore how people come up with it.

For now, consider your number – and more importantly, consider what you want to be able to do through your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 100’s! Making a vitality plan helps you set, track and reach your goals.

Functional Assets

Strength, mobility and endurance are “mission critical” assets for maintaining independence. Yet optimizing function through physical activity is the most underused healthy aging strategy available today! It’s easy to disregard functional changes that happen gradually, so here’s some food for thought.

Statistics don’t motivate action unless they’re personally relevant. For example: Strength declines approximately 1-1.5% per year after about age 30. That doesn’t sound like a lot until you do the math. If you’re not regularly challenging your strength, you’re losing it – on average that’s about 60% by age 70 and 75% by age 80.

Imagine going about your daily life carrying a backpack filled with your body weight (i.e., half the strength requires double the effort). Consider how difficult daily tasks would become, and how many activities you would have to give up.

Physical frailty is common and predictable with age, but it’s not due to age nor is it inevitable. Studies show that even over-90-year-olds can prevent and reverse the loss of muscle mass and strength…

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