2. Letting Yourself Stagnate
“Don’t quit learning and doing,” advises Robert Beam, MD, a family medicine specialist with Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care in North Carolina. “At 50 years of age, the actuarial tables predict that you will live to be age 80. If you assume adult life begins at 21, you’ve lived 29 years as an adult, and you have 30 years left to live.”
The Rx: “At 50, your adult life is only half over,” says Beam. “There is plenty of time to learn a new language, learn to play a musical instrument, check out scuba diving, kickboxing or even go to college.” Studies show that staying active and engaged can ward off cognitive decline and dementia.