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As we age...

Stress wreaks havoc on our mind and body

THE IMPACT

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Stress is damaging physically as well as mentally.

For both men and women, stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease - a leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Lancet, 2004; PLOS One, 2012

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Stress is tied to money and work.

For decades, money and work ahve been the top two leading causes of stress in American adults, according to national surveys.

American Psychological Association, 2017

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Reducing stress helps us make better decisions.

On a neurological level, chronic stress impairs decision-making: It weakens our ability to consider consequences and can lead to more high-risk decisions.

Cell, 2015

The Takeaway

Make time to de-stress every day.

Advice from Real People

Seeing the ocean is so calming for me. So I make a point of either parking by the beach or walking my dog down there a couple times a week.”

“I work in a service-based industry where people often get upset. It used to stress me out. It helps to ask questions instead of making assumptions. That way I see the reason behind the anger, so I can solve it stress-free.”

“For me, different kinds of stress require different solutions. Running gets me out of my head. Meditation or Tai Chi helps me focus. So instead of forcing myself to do one thing, I try lots of stuff and see what sticks.”

Redesign Your Time

Through the Living 100 project, AARP seeks to spark a conversation. How can we challenge our own mindsets and attitudes about aging? What do longer lifespans mean for current and future generations? How can we address disparities in race, gender, income, education and geography that can be a matter of life and death? And most importantly, how do institutions and systems need to change so that we are not only living longer, but making the most of our extra time?

 

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