Tying Health to Age

In the midst of our recent recession, New York Times columnist Jane E. Brody happened upon something quite informed in her Personal Health column. At variance with the nutritional supplements industry that urges seniors and even young people to buy this or that to prolong youth or stave off the aging process nearly entirely, she writes: “If so many of us are destined to become centenarians, it is all the more important to be able to enjoy those years unencumbered by chronic disease and disability. There is no virtue in simply living long; the goal should be to live long and well.”

Brody’s thinking is very much aligned with clinicians who work at the various Eliza Jennings communities around Northeast Ohio. Activity and managed physical wellness are priorities emphasized at Eliza Jennings’ assisted living and independent living communities. We’re in agreement with Brody when she states: “The single most effective activity, studies have found, is an aerobic activity like brisk walking — about 30 minutes a day. If you can’t get out of the house, walk inside. Go up and down stairs, walk the hall, walk from room to room, walk in place.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/health/12brod.html?ref=health&_r=0

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