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If you knew you’d live to 100, how would you change your life?
Would you eat healthier, exercise more, save more, visit your chiropractor more regularly, change your retirement plan, work longer, or take better care of yourself? The fact is centenarians are one of the fastest-growing segments of the population in the United States, and the chance of you becoming one is growing by leaps and bounds.
In a recent Discover magazine article, scientists concluded that a child born today has the potential to live 150 years, with some experts asserting that there is no upward limit on your longevity. During the past 40 years, the number of centenarians increased nearly ten fold. There are now about 450,000 centenarians living in the world.
The truth is staggering. Anyone who is 40 years of age today could live to be 100 years old and their grandchildren could live even longer than that. Will you outlive your assets, your career, your social network? Most importantly, how long will your body and mind last? What steps can you take today to make sure it will be a sensational century?
Create a Signature Life Plan
A life plan should prepare you physically, financially, and emotionally to live a joyous life no matter what your age, every step of the way. If your retirement plan, life insurance plan, disability plan, and health plan all point toward traditional retirement ages and life expectancies, you need a change. Meet with your advisors and discuss your longevity with your spouse or significant other to get on the same page about your extended life. Taking action will proactively get you on the right track and help you avoid being blindsided by your longevity, which was a major problem for today’s 80-, 90- and 100-year-old people.
In the long run, staying the same often requires more energy than changing. When you don’t make the changes you know you need to make, your energy is wasted on survival, boredom, anger, and frustration, which lead to stress, worry, anxiety, and other energy-draining emotions. When you recognize this, you can consciously begin to change the way you expend energy to restore your enthusiasm, health, success, and vigor.