Time to age well into the future
WHAT does it take to have a healthy and joyful old age? Researchers say it's not too late to make changes at 50 to get the 'retirement years' we want.
But what should we change and how do we do it?
Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders spent their 30s climbing the career ladder, having children and caring for elderly parents - all at the same time.
By their 40s, they were exhausted, stressed, sleeping too little and rushing too much.
They began to ask whether the prolonged ill health and dementia suffered by their parents was their inevitable future too - could they do anything to avoid requiring their own children to care for them in old age?
Thus began The Age-Well Project. With incredible tenacity, Streets and Sanders read 50,000 scientific research papers on all aspects of ageing to find what advice cutting-edge research can offer us on how to ensure the longer lives we're living are healthy and happy.
Putting their findings into practice, they found that the lifestyle changes they made were having incredible benefits on their health and wellbeing now - as well as for the future.
Told with empathy and humour, in The Age-Well Project Streets and Sanders share the 50 key lessons they learned, the meals they cooked and the expert tips they uncovered how to make the second half of your life the best half of your life - happy, healthy and disease-free.
The Age-Well Project by Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders is published by Hachette Australia. RRP $32.99.