My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
-- Maya Angelou
The European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) defines sarcopenia as "a syndrome characterised by progressive and generalised loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, with a risk of adverse outcomes such as physical disability, poor quality of life and high mortality."
Many people get sarcopenia, although it is rarely formally diagnosed. There is a push to get doctors to recognize this syndrome.
"The fractal-like networks of tissue in our brains, bones, kidneys, and skin all lose structural complexity as we age." - LEWIS A. LIPSITZ, Nautilus Magazine
Seniors do better when they are social. When they have others around them in their lives, their measures of health and wellbeing are higher. Connected people are less depressed and better recover from acute illnesses (including heart attacks). "Studies consistently show that having an extensive and diverse social network is linked to better health and wellbeing. Compared to the socially isolated, connected individuals live longer, are less depressed, and are more likely to recover from heart attacks, strokes, and other acute illnesses." - http://aging.nautil.us/feature/179/the-real-secret-of-youth-is-complexity