Implementing the Blue Zones

Mike Angelucci, CFP® talks about implementing the Blue Zones in our latest installment of the Retirement Renaissance Video Blog

Be sure to watch our continuing video blog on this topic here: https://youtu.be/BLFxnUbKumQ   Most of us have grown up with the standard American diet and lifestyle. It is probably not news, but this lifestyle is not the best for good health. It may seem overwhelming to think about changing. Fortunately, Dan Buettner understands this and ends his book, “The Blue Zones” with some interesting guidance.   The first recommendation is to start with the longevity test on the Blue Zones web site: https://www.bluezones.com/ This will give you an idea of your healthy life expectancy and offer some helpful suggestions that focus on the “Power 9” items listed in the previous blog.   Don’t try to change everything at once, start with one or two at a time. Any one change offers a chance to improve your long term health. Change is hard and changing habits takes 5 to 12 weeks, so give it time.   Most importantly,...

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Introduction to the Blue Zones

Mike Angelucci, CFP® introduces the Blue Zones in another edition of Retirement Renaissance

Be sure to watch our continuing video blog on this topic here: https://youtu.be/D7SVh1RFj9U A recent study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) found that maintaining health and wellness in retirement is by far the most important goal of retirees. Eighty-one percent of those studied said it was either very or extremely important.   Therefore, I can think of no better starting point for our Retirement Renaissance series than discussing the book “The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People that Lived the Longest” by the National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner.   For those who have not heard of the Blue Zones, they are the 5 areas of the world that have the most centenarians (people who are 100 years old or older). The scientists who originally studied these locations circled them in blue on the map and started calling them “Blue Zones.”   The Blue Zone lessons may seem to focus on longevity...

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Introducing the Retirement Renaissance Blog

Introduction to the Retirement Renaissance Video and Blog

Be sure to watch our continuing video blog on this topic here:  https://youtu.be/D7SVh1RFj9U “The important thing to you is not how many years in your life, but how much life in your years." --  Edward J. Stieglitz,  M.D. I will never forget Saturday, March 21, 2020. An email message from my doctor reported that a recent calcium scan of my heart showed I had atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries). Actually, a dangerously-high buildup of plaque. I was immediately put on a statin drug and told to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist as soon as possible. How does this relate to a new blog post on retirement living? Because, it was at that moment, at age 54, I realized that if I wanted to optimize the “life in my years” things would have to change. I enjoy my life, and my career, and I want it to continue for as long as possible. So, over...

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