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Posted January 23, 2017 by Judy Lobos in Life Lived Forward

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Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging. 

Most veterans will tell you that their time in service was among the most meaningful and rewarding in their lives. It doesn’t take much thought to understand why. We are human, and our distant ancestors struggled in a hostile world to survive. They did survive, and we are here today because they banded together and all worked for the common purpose of survival. This tendency (more of a need) to be socially connected to others and to work for a higher purpose is wired into our very DNA. When we’re doing it, whether it’s in a military situation, a sports team, volunteering for some worthy cause, we are better for it-better to our very core. And the research on aging tells us we are much more likely to have a better aging experience when we are engaged with others.

In many ways, my own life was defined by just a few years of being in a flying squadron, both in peace and in combat, with a small group of aviators experiencing life and death, gains and losses, off in a foreign country in the service of others. It marked me in ways I don’t fully understand, but I know for sure that it was a gift.

I serve in different ways now: with the magnificent Masterpiece Living Team, with the many residents and associates of the eighty-plus communities in the Masterpiece Living Network, and within the aging services profession. I work with them for the benefit of all, so that we and future generations can live lives that are full and meaningful, no matter what our age.

This Week: Consider looking at your own life and asking yourself, “How can I better serve my community? What can I do to benefit future generations?”

Live long; live well!

(Reprinted with permission of Masterpiece Living (MPL). Originally published in MPL’s bi-weekly “Fireside Conversations.”)

By Dr. Roger Landry

Sponsored by Willow Valley Communities

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging. Be inspired. 

Judy Lobos - Life Lived Forward

Judy is the content curator of ‘Life Lived Forward’, an award-winning online resource for active adults over 50, sponsored by Willow Valley Communities. Today’s active senior lives a life that is vibrant and alive, a chapter that can last over 40 years. ‘Life Lived Forward.org’ celebrates this lifestyle by featuring articles by nationally recognized authors discussing a variety of dynamic topics. Over 40 contributors share information to help ageless adults make informed decisions about subjects that matter physically, emotionally, socially and financially. Be inspired to live an active and vibrant lifestyle no matter what your age!

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