People born between the years of 1946 and 1964 are a part of a demographic group identified as “Baby Boomers.” Boomers represent approximately 40% of the total US population. The generation redefined the rules of an “accepted” social, political and personal culture during the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. They are now breaking the concepts of “senior citizen” with a vengeance.
Despite the determination of Boomers to defy the aging process, there are things aging individuals should avoid in order to live longer, healthier, happier lives. Below is a list of 9 things people over 50 should not do.
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Damage from sun exposure, a poor diet, illness, and pollutants can age a person more effectively than turning the pages of the calendar. A suntan is the evidence of the skin’s attempt to protect itself from sun damage. As much as 80% of an individual’s premature aging can be attributed to sun damage. UVA rays also contribute to skin cancers, cataracts, and adversely affect the immune system. Anyone-especially people over 50-need the protection of wearing sunscreen with a sun protection value (SPV) of at least 15 anytime they are exposed to the sun. Tanning beds and lamps may be more dangerous subjecting people to even more harmful UV light than the sun does.