Researchers of a Sweden study based on 1,810 seniors over the age of 75, over a period of 18 years, came to the conclusion that those who lived the longest had a number of characteristics in common; they did not smoke, engaged in a range of mental activities, experienced regular physical activity and a had a rich social network of family and friends.
According to this study, the seniors who were active mentally, physically and socially were the most likely to live past the age of 90, and lived an average of 5.4 years longer than inactive seniors reports the Assisted Living Federal Agency of America.
The National Institute on Aging further noted that the following senior activities increased their sense of well-being as well as lowering the risk of some health problems, including dementia.
Mental Activities: Doing crossword puzzles, drawing, painting, playing a musical instrument, reading books and newspapers, studying and writing.
Productive Activities: Cooking, Gardening, Knitting, Volunteering at a hospital or library and working a part-time job.
Social Activities: Going to concerts or performances, joining a senior center, playing cards, playing games, starting a book club, taking a class or courses, traveling and visiting art museums.
These secrets to living a longer life, which show how mental and social activity are just as critical as physical activity when it comes to healthy aging.