Senior Citizens Live Life to the Fullest

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Good news for senior citizens.

You're expected to live a longer, fuller life.

The National Center for Health Statistics says Americans can now plan on being around until age 78.

That number's up from 77-years-old, just a couple years ago.

We talked to a couple of seniors about living longer.

Ninety-two-year-old Elenor Hobdy Dotson seems to have figured out the key to living longer.

"I do a lot of walking and I think positive," Dotson assured.

She may be long in the tooth, but she's living her life to the fullest.

Inelle Murphy is also still going strong.

The 82-year-old actually works for the Bowling Green Retirement Village where she lives.

She attributes the longevity of the elderly to many things, such as improved health care.

"When I was growing up, you had one doctor and he took care of everything. Now you have different doctors that take care of everything. I think that keeps you living longer," Murphy said.

Bowling Green Dr. Chris Goodwin said advancements in treating chronic illnesses help prolong the lives of many senior citizens.

Another reason our elderly are seeing more days is because they take care of themselves with exercise and diet.

"They are staying more active and then the community has more things that the elderly can do that's fun for them," Dietary Supervisor Joanna Lawson said.

Lawson added that many of the retirement village's residents are very conscientious about eating healthier foods.

And possibly the most important key is that they no longer see old age as a death sentence.

"I just enjoy life," Dotson admitted.

Despite having the longest life expectancy in United States history, the U.S. is still trailing at least 40 other nations for the world's longest life span.

The small country of Andorra, between France and Spain has the longest, with most people living to the ripe old age of 83.

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