The Secret to Longevity: Relationships and Activities to Develop a Sense of Purpose

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If someone asked, would you be able to sum up your life purpose in 30 seconds? Researchers have published findings that show how a sense of purpose may be helpful to improve longevity. Regardless of a person’s age, having a direction and setting goals can be an effective way to love longer.

The Connection between Emotions and Longevity

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center studied data from more than 6000 participants. Certain psychological variables were measured to determine the individual’s experience of both negative and positive emotions. 14 years later, follow-up research found that about 9% of the participants had passed away.

The people who had died were those who reported fewer positive relationships and lower life purpose compared with the participants who were still alive. When the numbers were analyzed, it showed a correlation in purposeful living and longevity.

How to Find Purpose in Life

If you don’t feel like you have a strong purpose in life, then you should follow these self-awareness tips to get started:

  • Evaluate Personal Thoughts and Desires: Pick up a notepad and a pen, and spend time writing about your principles, ideals, abilities, strengths, and talents. Spend at least 20 or 30 minutes doing this writing exercise. You will be able to read through the notes and find the points that trigger a strong emotional reaction.
  • Use Your Skills: Identify one or two skills that you enjoy and find a way to use those skills in your life. For example, if you enjoy animals, then you can volunteer at the local shelter or set up a dog walking group with friends or family.
  • Build Meaningful Relationships: Having a close family member of friend can be beneficial to give you a listening ear. Find someone who has a strong sense of purpose in their life. Talk with them about your goals and ask for feedback.

Finding Support

At Windward Life Care, we want to support you in finding the resources that will be helpful in the later years of life. Contact our team today to learn about the services that are available.

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Important Lifestyle Changes for Diabetes Management

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In the United States, it is estimated that 25% of people over the age of 60 have diabetes. This epidemic is growing each year, and many medical professionals feel a strong urge to increase education about this disease. Adult-onset diabetes, known as type 2 diabetes, is the biggest concern. This type of diabetes is completely avoidable through diet and lifestyle changes.

Burden of Diabetes

There is an unexpected burden of having diabetes, leaving many people feeling helpless about their health. Medical expenses go up because of the doctor’s visits and increased costs for medications. At the same time, people with diabetes have a higher risk for other health problems such as vision loss, kidney damage, nerve damage and more.

If you have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or diabetes runs in your family, then you need to work with a doctor to change lifestyle habits that are impacting blood sugar levels. Pre-diabetes means that you have elevated blood sugar, but the numbers haven’t reached the level of “diabetes” yet. This early diagnosis is a great time to take action so that you can avoid the burden of diabetes.

Lifestyle Habits to Manage Blood Sugar

A few simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference to help you keep your blood sugar levels under control. Here are a few tips for diabetes management:

  • Avoid Sugary Treats and Junk Food: Even though they taste good, desserts can be very bad for your health. Eating these types of foods causes your blood sugar levels to spike, which can be dangerous to your health.
  • Consume More Fiber: When you eat high-fiber foods, the digestive processes are balanced which controls the uptake of dietary sugars to your bloodstream. Increase your fiber consumption by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
  • Start an Exercise Program: Exercise is a great way to support the body and improve your overall health. Ease your way into an exercise routine with walking, water aerobics, yoga, or another form of gentle movement.

Finding the Support that You Need

It is important that you are working with a good professional team to support your health and wellness. Here at Windward Life Care, we are here to support you in linking with the appropriate medical professionals, and managing chronic conditions so you can lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

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