Recipe for enjoying later life to the hilt

According to experts in Britain, our genetic make-up is thought to contribute just 25 per cent to how long we live.

The real key involves simple measures such as regular exercise, indulging in a natter with friends and eating healthy food, Daily Express reported.

Age UK, a charity, states it’s never too early or too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle  to improve later life.

It says its guidelines, which include taking enough good-quality sleep, engaging socially with other people, and staying positive about ageing, can make a big difference on how people age.

It also suggests people to do regular exercise, take a healthy diet, undergo check-ups and not to smoke, besides asking for protecting one’s eyes and avoiding sun damage. The charity also urges people - for both physical and mental well-being - to keep an eye on their pensions and to seek expert financial advice when necessary.

According to Ian Philp, the professor who helped produce the information, said: “We really can influence how we age and the top tips are a great guide to ageing better. For example, it may seem obvious but regular health check-ups are really important.

“Getting early diagnosis of an illness, taking advantage of screening programmes and being up to date with vaccines are all crucial. Others tips - such as engaging socially with others and staying positive about ageing - are also key.”

The guidelines hold relevance for Britain in particular, as the number of people aged 60 or over in the country, is anticipated to surpass the 20 million mark by 2031.

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