Do you relish the thought of growing old or do you dread the changes that come with it? Gray hair, wrinkles, poor eyesight, and physical weakness are common to aging but with a healthy lifestyle, regular check-ups, and proper maintenance, getting older won’t necessarily equate to sickness or poor quality of life.
People from the age of 65 and above comprise the elderly population, which is projected to rise to 98.2 million in the year 2060 in the United States. From this data, 19.7 million will likely live at the ripe age of 85 or older.
The average life expectancy among the elderly rose to 78.8 years in 2014 compared to 74 years during the 1990s. What this means for you is if you consciously take good care of yourself at 65, then you can reach that life expectancy. You might even blow your birthday cake on your 90th birthday.