Statistics can be dreadfully boring, but they do however provide us with information relevant to subject matter
Regarding life expectancy, the following are quite revealing:
In 1925 people were expected to live till 59 years of age
In 1955 this rose to 70
In 1985 to 75 and
In 2015 to 79 years of age
Considering the above increase in longevity supported by more intense medical and scientific research and changing life-styles, would the average citizen really wish to live that much longer?
As encouraging as this might appear to some, the hard facts reveal that an aging organism will suffer deterioration and disease.
The writer does not wish to create a sense of hopelessness, but the hard facts speak for themselves.
For example from around 18 years of age, resilient collagen and elastin in the skin decline at about 1% per annum and after 35 years, bone density will begin to decrease . Having this awareness and the possibility of contracting osteoporosis, special medication can be taken as a preventative measure. Fortunately one is never too old to maintain wellness of the body.
The aging odometer never runs backward - in other words the 40 year old person will always be ten years older than the 30 year old one.
So, the question now arises, what can be done to extend one's life-span?
It is interesting that moods, feelings and thoughts all impact on one's physiology.
Learning to relax lowers blood pressure and emerging from a state of depression has a positive effect on the immune system.
Youthfulness can be achieved with good eating habits, sufficient sleep and daily exercise to keep the body toned and fit.
As one longevity guru says "if I were to die in a climbing accident at 90, that would be perfect!"
Of late, a greater number of so called "brain games" are on the market and on the internet. The question arises, will the challenges offered keep the brain young? In other words slow the decline of mental functioning...
No actual solid evidence has emerged, but that's not to say that brain games are not in some ways beneficial. Repeating a game over and over again results in greater success. However experts doubt whether the stimulation of the game will result in brain cells being regenerated. Interestingly, the activity most proven to slow aging in the brain is aerobic exercise.
However, the challenges offered by brain games do create a sense of fun!
As one's lifespan extends, many feel that relocating to a quieter place on the planet will create a sense of peace. Sociologists are not totally in agreement with these sentiments.
Being disconnected from a greater society can cause a sense of emptiness and loneliness. Towns and cities are alive with people and activities, are stimulating and add vibrancy to life.
Available health care facilities, social activities and transportation are added advantages. Walking to one's favourite coffee shop or hair and beauty salon, strolling in the local park gives one a sense of belonging. It is this familiarity which benefits physical and mental health.
Having a sense of familiarity with one's beauty products inspires confidence in the user. MATSIMELA has earned loyalty and respect from its clients & is grateful for the continued support. May Matsimela contribute to longevity in more ways than one!