by Successful Aging in Action! | 4.1.19
By: Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH
For over ninety-nine percent of the time we humans have walked the earth we lived in small groups: closely connected and with a common purpose … early on just to survive and later to thrive as a community. We celebrated rites of passage and accomplishments; mourned our losses; worked as one organism to accomplish what was needed for the common good, for what was good for the group was ultimately good for all. This cooperation made us powerful, allowed us to survive, and it made a difference that alone we could never make.
Recently in our history, just some 250 years ago, that all changed. The Industrial Revolution altered where and how we lived and worked, how we related to each other and even how we perceived the world. Instead of being an essential part of a whole, we became individuals, now more vulnerable and seeing others not as comrades and even as adversaries. We became less able to accomplish bigger things accept when we did ban together on teams for short-term goals.
We are living longer, but that longevity is not guaranteed to be of high quality or function. We now know that we can age in a better way than those who came before us. We’ve learned from robust research that our lifestyle … the choices we make every day … are the major determinant of how we age … how much we keep moving, learning, being connected, and have meaning and purpose in our lives. We also know that there are barriers in our society that make it difficult for all to reap the benefits of the what we have learned about the importance of our lifestyle choices. We see that where those barriers are addressed and removed, that people age with high function, less decline, and much more life satisfaction … successful aging vs usual aging. We see this in places like the communities where successful aging principles are core to the culture (e.g. Masterpiece Living partner communities or Blue Zones).
It is time for us to remove those societal barriers for all! Masterpiece Living has partnered with Countable in order to provide a platform for us to add power to the Successful Aging Movement; for us to come together as our ancestors did, to do more together than any of us could do alone.
Whether for each of us to age in a better way, support others on the same journey, find purpose and meaning in contributing to the greater good, influence public policy and end ageism, the Successful Aging in Action center will connect you with like-minded people who want their voices heard to make the aging journey better for all.
*Dr. Roger Landry is the President of Masterpiece Living and award-winning author of Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.
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