-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
In August 2009, Mark Erikson, Matt Narrett, M.D., Jacquelyn Kung, D.P.H., and Lisa Davila released a book called “Old is the New Young: Ericson’s Secrets to Healthy Living.” This book discusses the importance of social interaction in order to be content in one’s life. With social interaction, the brain stimulates “feel good” chemicals, such as norepinephrine, which can make a person over the age of 50 live happier and also healthier.
The authors divide their book into four categories: life-mental fitness, physical health, social engagement, and financial stability. Along with these how-to readings, the book also comes with self-assessments so people older than the age of 50 can discover whether their social health is in the right place. Some of the questions include: “Have you had a personal telephone conversation in the past week or so?” or “Do you have a full-time, part time, or volunteer job?” or even “Do you have at least one friend or family member living within easy driving distance?” These yes or no questions will help direct a person to knowing whether their social health is excellent, fair, or in need of improvement.
The books four co-authors all have backgrounds of aging and wellness; therefore, have written the book from experience. They all work for Erickson Retirement Communities, which is a national developer of full-service retirement communities for 25 years. With genuine care for senior living and health, they give the opportunity for people to improve their lifestyle through social health. Perhaps it is true that a happy life can lead to a longer life.
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