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 If you are over fifty years of age, would you classify yourself as growing old or aging gracefully?

January 1, 2011 marked the beginning of Baby Boomers turning age sixty-five. Each day 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the golden retirement age. This new generation of old folks is unwilling to rock away their twilight years.

Growing old has a different definition than the one used by your mother. Lifestyles for senior citizens differ from past decades. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), focus has changed from “just aging to healthy aging.”   

Today’s older population takes more responsibility for their health and seeks to live active, vibrant lives. Old age not only has changed in definition but encompasses a wider age range than other age groups. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), considers those age fifty as senior adults. Age sixty-five marked the initial starting point for Social security. We now see older adults sub-divided into old and oldest-old, those age eighty-five and older. Today, more seniors reach the century mark with close to one million centenarians projected by 2050. Future years may also see more Supercentenarian, those over age 110. Who knows, you may reach that number. That makes age sixty-five look like just another birthday.

How can you stay healthier in later years? The AICR posted a quiz to help identify what you know and don’t know about aging and cancer. You can find the quiz at www.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id-20603                 

The quiz highlights, among other things, benefits of physical activity and eating vegetables and fruits. AICR cites the relationship between diet and cancers of the  mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, lung, pancreas, and prostate. It is never too late to make wise choice to abate the risk of cancer.

May is Older Americans Month. The theme for 2011 is Older Americans: connecting the community. The National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 25. If you are near the half-century mark or beyond, what are you doing to remain younger by preventing cancer and other illnesses?

Healthy aging is possible. It’s up to you.

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