Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Weighing In On What it Takes To Age Well

We are living longer than ever before. According to the United Nations, over 20 percent of the world’s population –a whopping two billion people – will be over the age of 60 by 2050. In order to draw attention to the contributions, needs, challenges and human rights of our aging population, the UN has declared October 1st the International Day of Older Persons.

Most of us would agree that living longer is a good thing – as long as we have our independence, mobility, social connections, financial stability and health. But we know that’s not always the case. Why, then, do some people age better than others? Are there things we can do to help ourselves age well? How do we ensure we not only age well as individuals, but as a community and a broader population? Drs. Jenny Ploeg, Maureen-Markle Reid and other researchers from McMaster University’s Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are seeking answers to these questions and more. Here are eight ways to age well, according to their findings.

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Published on: October 1, 2018

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