Connections are the Essence of Life—and a Key to Health Longevity

January 9, 2023
Hosted by Ron Roel

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The next time you go to the supermarket, you may notice that some products have what’s known as a BBE (“Best Before” date) stamped on the packaging. It’s the date after which the food may be OK, but perhaps not at its best, in terms of flavor and texture. While we normally don’t think of other aspects of our lives as having best-before dates, longevity expert Scott Fulton has developed a creative approach to apply this concept to our living environment, our health and well-being—indeed, our overall lifespan. In today’s episode, Scott, the Founder and President of Home Ideations, returns to 45 Forward to offer the second of a trilogy of conversations on “Extending Your Best Before Date”—with this chapter focusing on how the science of connectivity relates to the extension of a healthier lifespan. Of all the things we take for granted when we consider factors that impact longevity, connections are often at the top of the list. Take them away, and life ceases. Scott will explore all the places where connectivity plays an important role in our longevity, from the level of microbiology—our cells, hormonal system, and neural pathways—to macro-level relationships between people and our shared biology with nature. Connections are easy to overlook, and Scott will talk about the many ways we can use them to foster a supportive environment for all of us.

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Ron Roel

I’m a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, the last two decades focusing on the blend of diverse life skills I call successful aging.

I have written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures, discovering along the way that the path to aging well also requires an unexpected entrepreneurial vision. I spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers. I created, a website offering practical advice and inspirational essays for people ages 40 and above. I have been a volunteer and consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles, advocating for seniors, and developing action plans for the AARP Age-Friendly Communities initiative.

I am active in programs and organizations that support seniors, such as the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. I have developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years. I regularly collaborate with many professionals who provide services and support for older Americans, and I am completing a book for caregivers on Long Island, “The Caregiving Navigator/How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself,” scheduled for publication in early 2021.

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