Inspired Living for 120 plus years!
Inspired Living for Longevity! By Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic Counselor, May 2019
Get psyched to live more joyously for longer.
Is 100 the New 60?
The population around the world has been grower older for many decades and the 65 and older is steadily rising. In the US, 13 percent of the population was over 65 in 2010 and is expected to increase to 19 percent in 2030. Japan has the oldest citizenry in the world with 27% of its population over 65 in 2017. Worldwide 8.5 percent of people are over 65 (617 million people) and is expected to increase to 17 percent of the world population by 2050 (1.6 billion people).
South African has had a median age of 26.3 years (half are under this age and half of population are older than 26.3 years old) for the last four years and is showing growth in the older population. This month, May 8, Oom Freddie Blom of Cape Town turned 115 only one year younger than the oldest man in the world with a validated age of 116-years-old Kane Tanaka of Japan. South Africans over 65 years old has hovered below 4% for most the last century and recently more than doubled climbing from 3.7% of the population in 2000 to 7.7% of the population in 2015.
In 1980, the UN predicted the increase in lifespan would start to plateau, as improved public health became a less significant factor in determining how long someone would live. But contrary to expectations, life expectancy continued to increase. The UN made that same prediction again in 1990. And still the number continued to rise, because increasing life expectancy is due to more people literally living longer and healthier lives. Life expectancy is now influenced more by people living longer than people dying young. While genetics accounts for only about 25 per cent of how we age, other factors are responsible the bulk of our longevity and include: lifestyle, mental resilience, nutrition, socioeconomic status and environment.
We believe and see patients that are making these lifestyle choices and as a result are experiencing inspired living that is more fulfilling and in most case longer. We see a greater number making it past 60 and living joyful and blissfully at advanced ages and this can be you two. It is the trend worldwide that people are living longer, how about you?
We are living longer, are you prepared?
Our increased lifespan is a combination of many factors including choices of lifestyle, mental health, nutrition, exercise, stress and external changes in health and safety; food fortification, purification, and availability programs; systematized garbage collection reducing life threatening diseases; refrigeration which kept food safe; public education; and laws to protect quality of life. We choose better for health and eradicated many external causes of death to build a society to support living through our younger life and put our population on the right track toward a long life. Scientist agree we can live for 120 to 140 years and some are thriving in their 100’s. Inspired living allows us to enjoy and appreciate these longer lifespans.
Everything is not rosy for everyone, however, among some groups, life expectancy has actually declined since 1990. White women without a high-school diploma, for example, lost a full five years of life expectancy from 1990 to 2008, perhaps due to a combination of higher obesity and drug use, persistently high rates of smoking, and less access to health care among the least-educated, poorer populations. Another startling statistic is the increasing occurrence of chronic illness across the population and it is predominately lifestyle based and avoidable through stress management, plant based diets and self-care.
Improved longevity is one of mankind’s most remarkable achievements, and one of our greatest challenges. Our added years can be a gift or a burden, depending on how we use them. Read on inspiration to take up the challenge and bring inspired living to your own life.
When is old age and what will it mean?
Is a person “old” at age 67? Yes, according to a survey of American adults earlier this year made by AARP, the US’s largest advocacy group for older persons. But what if the typical senior still had 30 years of good physical and mental health left at that age? For the growing number of centenarians, that question is no longer hypothetical. Centenarians — people who are 100 years or older — in the United States has grown 60% since 1990, to about 61,000 people in at the turn of the century, and will continue to increase in coming decades, according to the Census Bureau. In another 10 years, the number will more than double, and it’s expected to reach 274,000 in 2025. This trend is occurring in many parts of the world and will most likely increase in all countries over time.
Centenarians tend to have good health habits. Leonard W. Poon, PhD, director of the Georgia Centenarian Study at the University of Georgia in Athens, says centenarians remained active throughout their lives and smoked, drank, and ate less than other people.
The super-agers in the Northwestern University study say that they have more satisfying, high-quality relationships than their average-ager peers. They are more likely to say they have friends they can trust and who share their interests.
“Many people think life stops after 60,” [they haven’t heard of inspired living] says Thomas Perls, MD, a geriatrician and director of the New England Centenarian Study at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Perls says, “I’d maintain that if you do things right, you could be adding 20 or 25 years of life when you have a good chance of being in good health.”
Perls and others say that exercising, strength training, eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, learning to manage stress, using your brain, and maintaining links with people are all things people can do to improve your chances of a longer life.
Happiness and mental resilience are very important for inspired living.
Coping with stress seems to contribute to a longer life, says Margery Hutter Silver, EdD, a geriatric neuropsychologist and part of the New England Centenarian Study. She says, “Centenarians were better at handling stress and managing their emotions. They didn’t dwell on things that caused stress in their lives. They also appeared to stay intellectually engaged (anything from simply doing the crossword puzzle to writing articles for academic journals) in life as they aged. “
Lynn Peters Adler, a lawyer and director of the National Centenarian Awareness Project in Phoenix, learned, that centenarians have “a remarkable ability to renegotiate life at every turn, to accept the changes and losses that come with age, and not let it stop them. Centenarians are not quitters!”
Maybe all of these things — a healthy lifestyle, rewarding relationships — make a person happy [what we call inspired living]. Or maybe happy people seek out these things. Either way, happiness seems to be a predictor of longevity. In a study that followed more than 31,000 adults for 24 years, those who rated themselves “very happy” were less likely to die during the study than those who called themselves “pretty happy” or “not happy.”
Asked for her secrets to a long, healthy life, Laura Bridges , who recently turned 100, offers with a shrug that maybe it’s the vegetables she’s eaten a lot of. She’s exercised from time to time, she adds, never smoked or drank, and she’s worked hard. “And I’m happy,” she adds. “I’ve always been happy.”
Watch this great video from Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he goes to Okinawa where there are many long living healthy people to see what Sensei Morio Higaona of GOJU Ryu Karate can do at 81 years old. Dr. Sanjay found he had a hard time keeping up with him. I have trained with him myself and he is formidable and an inspiring example of mastery and physical health at any age. Learn what attitude he values in his quest for fitness and mastery to stay young and feeling better every day. [He is one of my heroes and exemplifies inspired living to me].
Some inspired living that may inspire you and buck the belief that 65 is old
- (far left) Dr Leila Denmark, the world’s oldest practicing doctor when she retired at age 103, has died, her family members said. She was 114. Denmark became the first resident physician at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta when it opened in 1928, said her grandson, Steven Hutcherson of Atlanta. Apr 4, 2012
- (mid left) George Rosenkranz is currently 102 years old. He was born on August 20 1916 in Budapest, Hungary. He led the team which invented the oral contraceptive pill.
- (mid right) Meet ‘The grandfather of allergies’ Dr. A. William Frankland (107). Dr. Frankland was a pioneer in allergies, in 1953, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, he popularized the pollen count, now used worldwide to help doctors and patients understand allergy triggers. “I wrote four articles from the age of 100 to 105,” he said. “Two of them are solos; the others were multiple authors. But now, of course, I’m 106, I’m going to write one more, and it’s almost finished.” Personal Philosophy: Keeping your mind strong. A decline in mental abilities over time is an aspect of aging feared by most. Keeping the mind active and engaged late in life can actually help generate new brain cells and neural connections.
- (far right) Tao Porchon-Lynch (101) Oldest living Yoga Teacher. When I wake up in the morning, I look at the sun and I say, “This is going to be the best day of my life” and it will be. It always is.’ Tao teaches multiple classes a week several times a week in Hartsdale, NY and dances at the local Fred Astaire society. She has:
- trained with top yoga masters, founded Westchester Yoga Institute & won a lifetime (padmi Shri) achievement award from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- She mentored Deepak Chopra, and appeared on America’s Got Talent
- authored two books.
- Porchon-Lynch lives by her personal mantra: “There’s nothing that you cannot do.
- (far left) Charlie Bliss (101) just can’t stop working. Last June, the chemical engineer became what’s believed to be the oldest American ever awarded a patent. He says that system could be a big step in saving the world from climate change. “The idea is to keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere,” Bliss said. His elaborate plan is designed to capture carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that burn fossil fuels like coal and oil, preventing them from entering the atmosphere where they are a major cause of global warming. Bliss and business partner Charles Moseley, who’s a mere 81, are known as the thermodynamics duo. “I think the real secret is to keep busy up here,” Bliss said, pointing to his head. “I have a work program right now that could keep me busy for two years.” When he’ll be 103, and still working to save the world.
- (mid left) Oom Fredie Blom turned 115: SA’s oldest man on May 10th. It’s not only Blom’s long life that has made him a local celebrity, he is also still married. His wife, Jeanette, who is about three decades younger than him, the two got married and have been together for nearly 50 years. Born in 1904 in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape province, he still works with his hands, “making fire” and working around the home. The year Fredie Blom was born,Rolls-Royce rolled out its first car and the Wright brothers built their second powered aeroplane .
- (mid right) Frenchman Robert Marchaud (101) adds accolade to his existing age-group Hour Record. Until this year Robert Marchand’s best result was a seventh place at the Grand Prix des Nations time trial achieved at the age of 35. A commendable result, but one that few would have thought was an indication that the rider would go on to smash the Hour Record. Still years of practice paid off when, 71 years later he set a new time while cycling in the over-105 age group. In front of a cheering crowd and TV cameras he covered 22.547 kilometres in one hour at the Vélodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France this January. He has also entered the record books for a second time, as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist.Despite his age the rider still sees room for improvement on his performance. ‘I didn’t see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,’ he commented following his ride. ‘Otherwise I would have gone faster. I would have posted a better time. Now I’m waiting for a rival.’
- (far right) Fauja Singh (101) The oldest marathon runner, has run his final race. Singh completed his last long distance competitive race in Hong Kong. Fauja Singh, who is from east London, finished the Hong Kong 10km (6.25 mile) event in one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.
9. (far left) A swimming world record has been broken at the Commonwealth Games trials on the Gold Coast — by a 99-year-oldAustralian man. George Corones, who turns 100 in April, completed the 50-metre freestyle swim in 56.12 seconds. Corones — the only swimmer in his 100-104 age group — swam alone. Mar 1, 2018
10. (mid left) Eileen Kramer of Sydney is still dancing at 102. She is defying societies ideas about ageing.
11. (mid right) musicians, Little Richard (85 years old)
As far as the living are concerned, Willie Nelson and Little Richard are both 85 years old. The oldest person to have a hit on the charts was Buster Martin, the drummer for the Zimmers (well, the band actually hit the charts in 2007) at age 100. The oldest living performer to hit the charts was Tony Bennett at age 85. The oldest musician, ever, was an Irish harpist named Donnchadh O. Hámsaigh (one of the few people known to have lived in 3 different centuries-born in the 17th, lived through the 18th, and died in the 19th) who died at age 111–112. Although, he put out his first album at age 33, Leonard Cohen was 50 when he had his first hit with “Hallelujah.”
12. (far right)Willie Nelson (85) still spends half the year on the road and is busy supporting Texan Democrat nominee Beto O’Rourke. And the giant of country music’s 2,500 song catalogue just keeps growing.
A great sampling of long living elders who are example of inspired living. Are you ready to commit to your own inspired living?
Next Steps for your own long and blissful life
A key to having a long, productive and enjoyable life is not only the lifestyle choices you make but most importantly how you feel. Love, joy, and bliss are the foundations of a great life of Inspired Living. Some steps to transform your life are:
- Develop healthy life style choices and make them your routine and ritual.
Examine the lifestyle choices you are making. Do they support your healing, your living? What are long living centenarians doing that you might adopt? What new habits do I want to instill in my routines?
Instead of just adding new habits to your routine, consider transforming them to rituals by imbibing them with intent and awareness to open the magic of the moment. To learn more consider joining our harmonious earth retreats (June/July) or purchase the revised harmonious earth workbook which can help you reach truly inspired living.
- Learn emotional resilience, let go of negative emotions.
Become aware of the negative emotions you experience and learn to release them and let go of them. Develop new beliefs that transform and change them forever (with tapping or neuro-emotional technique ). Another approach is to observe the negative emotion that you feel and watch the desire this contrast creates. From this desire to be free of the situation that creates the negative emotion we can craft our positive desire for a better response or situation and launch a positive affirmation and desire to manifest a changed condition. Reaching in each moment to better feeling thoughts and focusing on what it is we want instead of “what is presenting itself (waking us to our desire).” see our article on managing negative emotions.
- Choose better beliefs about aging and longevity
Examine your current beliefs such as: How long do you see yourself living? What life expectancy do you believe you can have? What genetic or family patterns do you have in your life and how do you believe they affect your longevity? How exciting and productive can you be after 60 years old? After 90 years? After 100?
If any of these are limiting considerations, adopting some new beliefs is mandatory. Examine some of the beliefs presented in this paper and the beliefs that the centenarians hold. They have demonstrated that society’s beliefs about aging do not have to affect you and have not affected them. Choose as they have to experience inspired living.
- Consider our harmonious earth retreats or an intensive health immersion for existing conditions.
These retreats allow you to reset, change beliefs and open to the potential of rejuvenation and rebirth. Learn to develop a harmonious vision of life for your future. Many of our patients feel a renewed passion for life even an inspired life, become younger in spirit, mind and even physical function for another 20-30 years of active productive living. Take a proactive choice for more health, vitality and spirit in your life. Call for a retreat or appointment now.
- Find your Bliss and Happiness
Are you OK with being happy?
Do you need to suffer?
What is bliss for you and is it something you have in your life?
Is it OK to be in bliss?
One consistent characteristic of long living people and our patients that recover from chronic illnesses is a passion for life and a joy, happiness or bliss. This is what life should be filled with and an important part of our retreats with all patients that have chronic illness and anyone who want more health and life.
Live the life you desire with Inspired Living. In Loving Service,
Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic counselor
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