Successful Aging...How to do this

Successful Aging

We are living longer, the average lifespan of Americans born now is 78. Is this a good thing?

Americans do not have the longest average lifespan...Japan and Singapore are the leaders at 82.

Close behind Japan is France, Sweden, Italy, Australia and Canada all of these countries have expected lifespans over 80.

The other side of the coin, due to the Aids epidemic, a baby born in Zimbabwe can expect to live just shy of 40.

How to age successfully

According to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Dr. Robert Butler, there are 8 keys to aging successfully.

He has a best selling book that tells you how

I don't think you'll be shocked at any of his premises, they are mostly common sense... But it's always good to review the basics.

The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life

To paraphrase what the good doctor says they are:

  • Nuture your relationships
  • Practice prevention
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat correctly
  • Connect with your community
  • Set stress aside
  • Maintain mental vitality
  • Stay physically active

To boil it down even further Dr Butler stresses the need for a sense of purpose..some thing to make you look forward to the sunrise.

About Dr Butler

Dr Butler, over 80 years young, still works 60 hours a week...he was instrumental in forming the Alzheimers Association and founder of the International Longevity Center


Dr Butler's book is a good read and reccomended. It is mostly common sense and stresses that today's retirement is so much different from our parents retirement.

Successful aging

Dr. Butler's book