How old is “old?” I often hear from our patients and guests about feeling or being old. But we joke that you’re only old if you don’t have any hair or any teeth.
So what can we do in 2024 to stay younger and reduce aging?
Dr. Howard Tucker, the world’s oldest practicing doctor at 101 years old, has valuable insights on living a long and fulfilling life. While some of his advice may be unexpected, his wisdom offers a fresh perspective on longevity. Here are his three tips for a healthy and joyful life.
1. Embrace Meaningful Work and Delay Retirement:
Dr. Tucker believes that meaningful work is the key to longevity. He views retirement as the enemy of a fulfilling life, suggesting that staying active and engaged in your career can prevent a sense of withering away. Dr. Tucker continued treating patients five to six days a week, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though he eventually stopped seeing patients, he continued teaching medical residents, keeping his mind and spirit engaged. If you enjoy your career and are physically capable, Dr. Tucker advises considering delaying retirement or finding hobbies and activities that stimulate your mind to maintain a sense of purpose.
2. Prioritize Physical and Mental Fitness:
Dr. Tucker is an advocate for maintaining physical and mental fitness throughout life. He attributes his vitality to a healthy lifestyle. He has never smoked and maintains a balanced diet curated by his wife. Even at his age, Dr. Tucker stays active by exercising regularly, including swimming, jogging, hiking, and utilizing his treadmill.
By prioritizing fitness, we can experience the financial benefits of potentially lower healthcare costs and the ability to find affordable insurance to cover unexpected health emergencies.
Lisa Lusardi, the renowned British actress and model still sports a stunning smile at 63 years young. She has graced the entertainment industry with her talent and charm for decades.
In various interviews, including features in magazines and articles, Lusardi has shared insights into her holistic approach to well-being. Beyond the glamor of the spotlight, she emphasizes the significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, as key contributors to her overall vitality.
Known for her captivating smile, she underscores the importance of routine dental care and hygiene practices. Her dedication to oral health aligns with the broader theme of self-care that she advocates for in her public appearances. By weaving together career success, a healthy lifestyle, and a radiant smile, Lisa Lusardi serves as an inspiring figure in encouraging us to embrace a holistic approach to well-being that includes nurturing both her physical and oral health.
3. Never Stop Learning:
Dr. Tucker’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge is another key to his vibrant existence. He believes in learning something new every day, living as if each day could be his last. Driven by curiosity, he continues to study and stay updated on advancements in neurology. Furthermore, Dr. Tucker expanded his knowledge by attending law school in his 60s and passing the Ohio Bar Exam at age 67. His thirst for knowledge extends to embracing technology, with his grandchildren helping him navigate new apps and devices. By adopting a love for learning, we can stay mentally sharp, adapt to the changing world, and remain connected to the society we live in.
Long healthy lives offer us remarkable life lessons on longevity and well-being. By embracing meaningful work, prioritizing physical and mental fitness, and fostering a love for learning, we can be guided towards a fulfilling and extended journey through life.
As we incorporate these principles, let us approach each day in 2024 with purpose, take care of our physical and mental health, and remain curious about the world around us. By following this wisdom, we can age gracefully, remaining active, engaged, and joyfully present in the ever-evolving experiences of our lives.
Have a great month!
Dr. Tyler Williams
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