Monday, June 12, 2017

Role Models for Aging (Research, Video 2:05)

Do you have a role model for aging? Many young, middle-aged, and older adults do. Their role models are people they admire and want to emulate in their own aging. In a study on role models for aging, there were 150 people ages 18-99 who were asked if they had role models for aging and why. Results showed 85% indicating that they had at least one. Who are these people who play such important roles in the lives of others?

1) Most role models are family members such as parents and grandparents. Those with family role models had more positive views on aging.

2) Role models usually share the same gender as the people choosing them.

3) Role models promote successful aging.

With the average life expectancy continuing to extend to later years, we can all learn something from the increasing group of older adults living beyond 100 years and living well. These centenarians enjoy sharing their secrets. While genetics can play a role, there are several suggestions many of the centenarians agree we can do that are easy to incorporate into our personal lifestyles. Check them out in this video:

Frances Shani Parker, Author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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