Yes, China’s elderly are some of the most active and healthiest senior citizens on this planet. Just how do they maintain their lifestyles?
For one, it’s very common to see grandparents taking an active role in raising their grandchildren. You’ll often catch grandparents walking their grandkids to and from school, helping with household chores (they’ll often live with their son/daughter’s family), assisting with the family business, and preparing dinner for the entire family while still somehow finding the time to go square dancing in the evening! Whew!
In addition, Chinese culture is also brimming with a multitude of healthy activities that are practiced regularly by elders. Each day, typically in the morning or late evening, you’ll find plenty of individuals and groups of senior citizens practicing tai-chi, a Chinese martial art that promotes longevity, playing badminton, brisk walking, or square dancing to tunes in public spaces.
Furthermore, plenty of well-aged men and women in China maintain active lifestyles by participating in community maintenance activities; that is, helping to decorate and remove debris from gardens and parks around their city, as well as assisting small businesses with workloads. While touring a popular natural scenic spot in China, for instance, I encountered numerous men well over 50 years of age carrying multiple large, heavy, back-breaking sacks of rice up endless flights of stairs to restaurants half-way up a mountain.
If you haven’t learned by now, it is constant movement, interactions, and participation that keep the mind and body engaged, and thus healthy, into old age. It’s no doubt that most seniors in anywhere in the world play active roles into the well-being of their families; however, China’s elders prevail by also maintaining constant social interactions and regularly practicing life-promoting activities.
Wouldn’t you like to see more health benefiting activities, such as tai-chi, dancing, and badminton, setup for elders across America?