Expert tips for aging well

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Here is some wisdom from guests on my “Positive Aging with Patricia Raskin” podcast that is well worth sharing:

Jeff Weiss, CEO of Age of Majority: “75% of all adults 55 and older are a part of the active aging market. This is a group of consumers that has never really existed before. People 55 and older are much more involved in the community, much more physically, digitally, mentally and socially active than my parents and the older generations were at our age.”

Dr. Vijay Vad, co-author of the updated and revised book “BackRX, A Proven Integrative Program for Staying Pain Free”: “As we age, our disc, the cushion between the two bones, starts losing water content … and … the joints start moving together and the canal gets smaller. There are ways to minimize that. Those include keeping your weight down, vitamin D, and doing proper exercises.”

Arielle Ford, author of 11 books, including the international bestseller, “The Soulmate Secret”: “What you need in order to make a relationship work in your older years is a connection, compatibility, good communication, which can be learned, and, most importantly, a shared vision for the future. … Wanting some of the same big things, sharing a common interest, and agreeing on certain things.”

Dr. Michael Roizen, author of four No. 1 New York Times best-selling books, including the new book, “The Great Age Reboot, Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow”: “People are going to be younger than they are now …. There are 14 areas of aging-mechanism research, such as gene editing [and] stem cells without immunogenicity, and whole other areas that have all shown in two animal species that they can report age, meaning you can get a little younger. Where today 60 is the new 40, we expect [in the future] 90 to be the new 40.”

Dr. Roger Landry, author of the award-winning “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging”: “The research is clear that genes probably count for about a third of how we age … society has changed but what we require in our physiology hasn’t changed as quickly, and ... frequent movement, having a strong social connection, everyone having a role … are all things that are critically important to healthy aging.”

It is an honor, as an early baby boomer, to bring this information and inspiration to our older-adult community.

I’ll close with a quote from Rabbi Yehuda Appel in an article labeled “Retirement,” at Aish.com, that focuses on the enormous respect for the elderly in Judaism.

He writes, “The older a person is, the more likely he or she is to have acquired life experience and wisdom. Thus, rather than being denied an opportunity to share their knowledge, Judaism teaches that elders should lead our people.”

He continues, “In the Torah, many of the greatest leaders of the Jewish People gain their positions at an advanced age. Abraham first responds to God’s call that he go to Canaan when he is 75 years old. Later on, when the Israelites leave Egypt, they are led by Moses and Aaron – ages 80 and 83, respectively.”

PATRICIA RASKIN, owner of Raskin Resources Productions, is an award-winning radio producer, business owner and leader. She is on the board of directors of Temple Emanu-El, in Providence. Her new “Positive Aging with Patricia Raskin” podcast is produced by Rhode Island PBS. To listen, go to www.buzzsprout.com/2025964.