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Being healthy… even if you are Methuselah

Healthy at any age
Healthy at any age – iStock photo

Who? You know, the fellow of ancient Biblical times purported to have been the oldest person to ever live.  Being healthy is important at any age but especially so as we get older. Methuselah got to 969. Imagine his insurance premiums if he was living today!

Seriously, October 1, marks the commemoration of International Day of Older Persons, organized by the United Nations for the purpose of honoring the contributions of senior citizens and spot-lighting their issues, including health care.

The theme of this year’s observance is “The future we want: what older persons are saying.”  When it comes to their health, they are saying don’t overlook spirituality.  Everyone should listen.

“A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world,” according to the World Health Organization.  If you are 60 years old or over, you are part of a group of 600 million today that will double in size by 2025.

“By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries, and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double. This trend will have profound effects on countries and individuals,” according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Part of the concern surrounds how to keep this growing segment healthy, something experts are finding difficult today.  Yes, we are living longer lives, but not necessarily healthier ones.  Read more…