Want to live longer?

Here are three key tips from those who’ve made it into their 90s and beyond.

1. Don’t stop working

This could be bad news for those who can’t wait to retire and put their feet up. But continuing to work, or having an interest that requires ongoing learning, helps keeps your brain active, which can delay the onset of cognitive diseases.

If you have to retire, plan to use some of your newfound spare time learning a new skill or a ‘brain’ game like chess or bridge.

2. Surround yourself with family and friends

Spending time with family and friends – or going out and meeting new people – is one of the keys to living longer. Choose friends who live a healthy lifestyle so you can go for a walk or play a round of golf together, and enjoy the twin benefits of social connection and healthy exercise.

3. Keep moving

There’s a proven link between regular physical activity and long life. 94-year-old Malcolm walks every day. “Apart from exercising your body, it also improves your mood,” he says. Instead of heading for the lift, take the stairs for an aerobic boost!

Read our “Secrets to Longevity” article.


Did you know?

Tafta promotes active ageing by providing senior exercise classes, chair aerobics, dancing classes and aqua aerobics classes at our various residences and wellness centres.

Find out more by contacting one of our Homes, Wellness Centres or Clubs in your area. Or you can email us at info@tafta.org.za or call (031) 332-3721