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A recent article by Katherine Linzer coauthored with McKinsey & Company talks about how important it is that as adults age, they continue to build healthy habits and hobbies that have been linked to improved cognitive function. Cognitive engagements we know is vital to living longer in better health.

 Their article includes suggestions on ways to stimulate the brain by adding puzzles or other problem-solving games to daily leisure pursuits for example.

 Adults across the world will probably live decades beyond their retirement age. Unfortunately, globally, there is an underinvestment in the prevention of disease. Given this perspective, the choice lies with us to assume responsibility for our efforts towards ageing gracefully. This doesn’t mean disregarding medical conditions or the guidance of our physicians; rather, it suggests that we can actively contribute to our own well-being through various means. So, how do we age better, let’s explore some insights.

 Healthy diet:

 For the boomer generation, a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining optimal health and vitality as we age. A balanced diet typically emphasizes nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D is essential for bone health, especially as bone density tends to decrease with age.

 Additionally, incorporating sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish or flaxseeds, can support heart health and cognitive function. Since metabolism slows down with age, portion control becomes increasingly important to prevent weight gain and manage chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes.

 Limiting processed foods, refined sugars, and excessive sodium intake is also advisable to reduce the risk of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular issues and cognitive decline. Overall, adopting a nutritious and well-balanced diet tailored to specific nutritional needs can help us maintain optimal health and well-being as we navigate the ageing process.

 Exercise as part of your daily life:

 Physical activity stands as the most effective form of anti-ageing intervention available to us.

 Staying active is key to maintaining both physical and mental well-being. Engaging in a variety of exercises that cater to different aspects of fitness can help our generation stay healthy and vibrant as we age. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and cycling are excellent options for cardiovascular health without putting undue stress on ageing joints. Strength training exercises, using resistance bands or light weights, are important for preserving muscle mass and bone density, which naturally decline with age.

 Flexibility and balance exercises, such as yoga or tai chi, can improve the range of motion and reduce the risk of falls, a significant concern for older adults. Additionally, incorporating activities that promote social interaction, such as group fitness classes or recreational sports leagues, can enhance overall well-being by fostering connections with others. Ultimately, finding a mix of exercises that are enjoyable and sustainable is key for us boomers to stay healthy and active well into our later years.

 Community participation:

 Participating in initiatives designed to alleviate isolation and instil a sense of purpose has proven to be beneficial, as evidenced by various programs conducted around the world (Think Blue Zones). As Boomers, we can benefit greatly from various forms of community participation that cater to our interests, skills, and values. Volunteering for causes we are passionate about not only gives us a sense of purpose and fulfilment but also strengthens social connections and combats feelings of isolation.

 Joining clubs or groups centred around hobbies or shared interests, such as gardening, book clubs, or art classes, provides opportunities for social interaction and continued learning. Engaging in community events, such as fundraisers, cultural festivals, or local government initiatives, allows us to contribute to the betterment of our societies and neighbourhoods while staying connected to the community.

 In scrutinizing social and spiritual interaction, researchers in the social sciences have pinpointed a growing concern regarding social isolation and loneliness, particularly among older populations. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have highlighted that social isolation escalates the likelihood of premature mortality, a risk comparable to smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

 Overall, community participation for boomers should be diverse, meaningful, and tailored to individual preferences, fostering a sense of belonging and purpose in our later years.


These practices are crucial for us as we age because they support physical health, mental well-being, and social connections, all of which are essential for maintaining a high quality of life. A balanced diet and regular exercise help prevent age-related health issues and promote longevity. Engaging in community activities provides a sense of purpose, reduces isolation, and fosters a supportive network, contributing to overall happiness and fulfilment in our later years.

 And to be fair, there are so many new and exciting technologies evolving, we want to be around to see how it all unfolds!