While scanning my inbox this morning, deciding which health and wellness research reports to read, a simple article caught my attention. It wasn’t some “block-buster” clinical trial, promising hope for the masses in the form of the “newest” must-have supplement. Rather than the sensational health miracle du jour, the article answered this question: which age group has the highest feeling of well-being?
After surveying over 1 million Americans since 2008, the Gallup-Healthways Index found that people over 65 have the highest sense of well-being. Yes, I’ll repeat, people over 65! Guess which age group consistently came in last? Folks age 45-64, aka Baby Boomers, the age group in which I proudly claim membership. What a letdown my fellow boomers. We’re supposed to have it all!
The survey suggests that Americans over 65, have the best attitudes and behaviors toward their health. What does wellness look like to seniors? According to Gallup-Healthways, wellness comes down to doing two things:
- Get active; and
- Give back.
How’s that for a simple prescription for wellness!
Ben Leedle, president of Healthways, summarized the survey findings by saying:
“Improve well-being, and productivity goes up and health care costs come down… we want to learn from the older generation’s patterns and make those patterns important parts of all our lives, regardless of the age group.”
Hmm…it seems some of us still have quite a bit to learn from our elders.
Take a look at the article and video on the USA Today site. For more information concerning Healthways’ U.S. Well-being Index, check out the link here.
The Bottom Line: I’m a firm believer of a total approach to wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, and proper weight for starters. But, it’s wonderful to see seniors taking control of their wellness with healthy attitudes and behaviors. It shows that you’re never too old, to live your best life.
Are you going to invest more emotional energy in your wellness?
It’s your life, live well.