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Artie Buerk on Growing Older

As people grow older, we spend a great deal of time focusing on anti-aging and finding ways to fend off old age. It’s my belief we should focus more on “aging gracefully.” The following are a few suggestions for how to do so.

Daily exercise is the first thing. The easiest exercise is probably walking. I happen to use tennis and hitting with a tennis pro. Exercise from 45 minutes to an hour every day.

Secondly, you must eat well. The Mediterranean diet of fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other good fibers is very valuable.

Last but not least, keep your mind active through reading, travel, recreation, and — of course — goals. Having something to look forward to is very critical.

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