Secrets To Reaching Age 100

Your chances of reaching age 100 could be better than you think – especially if you get some additional sleep and improve your diet.

New research from UnitedHealthcare looks at centenarians and baby boomers, asking the former about the “secrets of aging success” and evaluating whether the latter are taking the necessary steps to celebrate a 100th birthday.

How to reach 100? Centenarians point to social connections, exercise and spiritual activity as some of the keys to successful aging. Among surveyed centenarians, almost nine in 10 – fully 89% – say they communicate with a family member or friend every day; about two thirds (67%) pray, meditate or engage in some form of spiritual activity; and just over half (51%) say they exercise almost daily.

In each of these areas, baby boomers, as it turns out, match up fairly well. The same percentage of boomers as centenarians – 89% – say they’re in touch with friends or family members on a regular basis. Sixty percent of surveyed baby-boomers say spiritual activity is an important part of their lives, and almost six in 10 boomers (59%) exercise regularly. Again, sleep and diet are the two areas where baby boomers come up short. Not surprisingly, the one area where boomers are more active is the workplace. Three-quarters (76%) of surveyed baby boomers say they work at a job or hobby almost every day; that compares with 16% of centenarians.

Finally, researchers turned to cultural affairs and asked centenarians and boomers to identify – from a list of 14 notable people (including President Obama, singer Paul McCartney and actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts) – their preferred dinner guest. The top choice among centenarians and boomers alike: the comedian Betty White.

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Source: Yahoo News

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Bali: World’s Favorite Holiday Destination Booking Fast!

09 May 2011 Last Updated at 6.02 GMT
bali beachfront villasBali, the Indonesian island paradise,  is celebrating the early High season with most resorts reporting they are experiencing heavy bookings for the Peak season of July and August, 2011. Whilst many Hotels, Resorts and Private Villas are reporting full, or near capacity bookings for the High and Peak Season periods, some resorts are reporting available capacity late season in September and October 2011.

Villa Manager, Gusti Mudita at Luxury Beachfront Private Villa, Villa Pantai in Candi Dasa, Bali, said that “bookings at the Villa had opened with a flurry of enquires from prospective guests who are very keen on securing the best dates available in 2011”. He said, “It’s no wonder that we are receiving so many enquires, Bali is on top of the list of holidaymakers favorite destinations; and has been so for the past 4 years”.  Bali receives over 2,500,000 visitors every year and that figure is growing at the rate of 15% approximately each year.

One of the major factors contributing to this growth since 2006 is the book “Eat, Pray, Love”, when the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” was first published. The book is one of the many reasons why there has been an increase in numbers of predominantly Women between 35 and 65, coming to Bali’s shores.  Following the release of the movie last year, which starred Julia Roberts, women have been flocking to Bali. They have arrived primarily to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Roberts) resulting in a boom in Bali Tourism.  Not only in Ubud, where the movie was predominantly shot, but all over the paradise island of Bali.

Bali has so much to offer those wanting to experience absolute paradise, the abundance of a unique culture, beautiful weather, old world charm and a spectrum of accommodation facilities ranging from backpacker to the famous Bali luxury beachfront villas. Gusti Mudita said “If you are thinking of booking your Bali accommodation, then it would be wise to book it early, before the final rush in May 2011”.