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HE RITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 16, 2003 , ARA--As life expectancy United States contin- to move higher, the )er of people over age row dramatically in coming decades. Like- "oldest old," those iViduals age 85 or older, the fastest growing seg- of the population. lese men and women are in the country of ~nded old age. group is exploring territory, proving that Post-retirement years do have to be a period of and inexorable decline. te the opposite. These provide powerful for continued for affirming or re- Sidering one's priorities, on new challenges, mg uncharted paths. older adults take pportuni- Presented by longer the AARP Foundation Published a booklet "Aging Successfully" describes the results research projects on aging and sug- what individuals can improve their chances well. tlCcessful aging is best as a process, than an outcome - a g," says Ph.D pro- of the AARP "It is about our ng, day-to-day efforts as well as possible the latter part of our is not confined to vital and vibrant good health is im- :essful aging, riot the whole story. A Over more than one- the group of older participated in research projects ~d by the AARP have serious, Itiple chronic dis- conditions but see Yes as aging well. some healthy as many as one- /, do not see as aging well. ighlightan point - attitude to count in a num- adultswho tg well are charac- a positive outlook villingness to con- 'n and satisfac- tion with the way things are. The acceptance of aging is another part of the attitude equation. Those who have come to terms with the re- alities and limitations of ag- ing are able to adjust their perspectives. They can find meaning and joy in the life they have. Financial security is an- other factor in successful ag- ing. Older adults with inad- equate financial resources or reported problems in their neighborhoods were less likely to see themselves as aging successfully than those who are financially secure. Staying involved in the outside world is important as well. The research sug- gested that those who are aging successfully are widely engaged in a variety of activi- ties including paid or volun- teer work, taking classes or participating in cultural ac- tivities. Finally, the study shows that relationships, particu- larly close family relation- ships, matter. A happy mar- riage or other long-term re- lationship significantly in- creases the chances of suc- cessful aging, as does a spouse or partner who is also aging well. Conversely, hav- ing children with financial, health, relationship or emo- tional problems is associated with lower chances of suc- cessful aging. Researchers looking at the issue of successful aging have identified the follow- ing 10 behaviors and atti- tudes that provide older adults with the best chance of aging well: 1. Don't smoke - if you still do, it's never too late to quit. 2. If you drink, drink mod- erately - one alcoholic drink a day doesn't hurt, and may even reduce your chances of heart disease. But alcohol abuse can lead to disability and early death. 3. Stay physically active - find something you love to do and do it regularly. Exer- cise is associated with a va- riety of good outcomes, from increased memory to re- duced rates of heart disease, depression and cancer. 4. Eat a balanced diet - limit the fats in your diet and try to include at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. 5. Avoid obesity - being sig- nificantly overweight is as- sociated with a variety of bad health outcomes including heart disease and diabetes. 6. Protect your vision and hearing - your eyes and ears are critical to functions such as driving and reading. They also help you remain en- gaged in conversations and relationships. 7. Get regular health care and vaccinations - you can prevent many problems be- fore they require more seri- ous treatment. 8. Maintain a vibrant so- cial network and strong per- sonal relationships - it's good for your health and for how you experience your later years. 9. Stay active in profes- sional, community or other activities - feeling useful is positively associated with good outcomes as people age. 10. Plan for your financial well-being - having the money to meet your mate- rial needs can increase your chances of successful aging. To receive a copy of "Ag- ing Successfully," contact AARP at (800) 424-3410 and request publication #D17507. EDITOR'S NOTE: AARP is a nonprofit membership or- ganization dedicated to ad- dressing the needs and in- terests of persons 50 and "older. Through information and education, advocacy and service, it seeks to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity and purpose. For more information, visit the group's Web site at The AARP Foundation, AARP's affiliated charity, ad- ministers educational, em- ployment, advocacy and community service pro- grams funded by federal and private sources. It is dedi- cated to enhancing the qual- ity of life for people over 50, promoting their indepen- dence and dignity, provid- ing leadership on important issues and improving the image of aging. While na- tional in scope, the Founda- tion provides services through volunteers and staff at the community level and through partnerships with local, state and national groups. PAGE 5B A nursing home program serving Jewish residents in skilled care nursing facilities Shabbat meals and services Jewish holiday programs Family dinners Jewish activities and programming Volunteers to serve the facilities "Friends of the Jewish Pavilion" is the organization that provides an extra source of revenue and a body of volunteers that promote spiritual, cultural, educational and recreational activities that enhance the lives of the residents. For information or to volunteer call (407) 648-9363. i ~ i 'l ' for spouses in your home or at our office JFS is now a Medicare provider for counseling! Call Sandra Warshow, Director of Older Adult Services 407-644-7593 t"BO Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando i i I i i