Nanaimo's second annual Expo 50 Plus, a health and lifestyle trade show aimed at those over 50, featured well-known author and media personality Dr. Art Hister.
The expo, sponsored by the Nanaimo Daily News, provided information to help a growing demographic of people transition into retirement. It was held at Beban Park
Social Centre Sunday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hister spoke about life spans, giving reasons why women might live longer than men, and seven lifestyle changes for a longer life.
According to Hister, women live longer because they get better quality sleep, are less adversely affected by stress, and tend to have better social supports.
"Women just make better lifestyle choices and follow health advice," he said.
"The reason men die sooner is because they don't listen. They don't listen to their health care providers, they don't listen to their bodies and they don't listen to their spouses." Hister told the crowd of dozens that, after years of research, he has found the lifestyle changes that prevent chronic disease and extend life seem obvious: Not smoking, regular exercise, sensible eating, minimizing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, quality sleep and moderation with alcohol.
"This is just common sense," he said.
"But it makes an unbelievable difference."
Presentations were also made about retirement living, diabetes foot care, tips for those with hearing loss, fashion tips for women and tips for buying and selling a home.
Meanwhile, about 60 booths provided information on topics such as finance, health, nutrition and retirement. Nanaimo Daily News sales manager Andrea Rosato-Taylor said the event is for community outreach.
"It's about providing people information to help them make good decisions," she said.
"We want to deliver content on different platforms for people to learn from."
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