TOPEKA – In a world where 30 is the new 20, 40 is the new 30 and so on, St. Francis Health Center knows that reaching the century mark is still a great accomplishment. In anticipation of National Aging Month, the hospital has launched Five Secrets of Centenarians, a nationwide educational initiative that provides know-how for living long, healthy lives.
According to the CDC’s State of Aging and Health in America 2007, “the current growth in the number and proportion of older adults living in the United States is unprecedented in our nation’s history. Two factors—longer lives and aging baby boomers—will double the population of Americans aged 65 or older during the next 25 years.”
“We’re seeing more centenarians than ever, but living a long life doesn’t necessarily mean a healthy one”, said James Rider, DO, St. Francis Medical Clinic at Valley Falls. “Five Secrets of Centenarians provides insider tips of how to make the most of the many years ahead by making healthier decisions early on.” Tips include eating a balanced diet, practicing home safety, maintaining a relationship with your physician and more.
"Five Secrets of Centenarians" is nationally supported by Spirit of Women and locally promoted by St. Francis Health Center.