Enjoy Life and Age Gracefully

Enjoy Life and Age Gracefully

We are all growing older by the day & there is no way we can escape that. But we can certainly stay young in heart, mind & spirit even as we grow older in body. Age is a state of mind & in fact more an attitude than a matter of years. It is sad that many people view old age as a terrible time of life & are depressed, filled with disappointment & failure, haunted by a sense of emptiness & futility. Many people resent the fact that they are unable to be active & do the things they used to do.They feel out of touch with the latest technology or unable to cope with it.

I personally have a great love for the elderly people. My love dates back to the time when I was a little girl & greatly admired my neighbour, Aunt Rita whom I keenly observed & often commended for her ways & ability to age gracefully.She left for her Heavenly abode at the age of 92. Her pleasant disposition, active life style, zest & enthusiasm left me in awe. Well groomed, always smiling & cheerful she was always ready to share her experiences & knowledge to all who crossed her path. She inspired me & I developed a love for the aged & enjoy spending time with them.

Old age should be the greatest time of life when one can sit back, relax & enjoy seeing their labours, efforts & struggles paid off & dreams coming to fruition. Youth is full of excitement & energy, learning, experimenting & dreams. We work hard to fulfil our desires & climb the ladder of success. Old age is the time to enjoy the fruits. One should never fear old age nor fight it but take hold of this stage of life & make something beautiful of it.

Many elderly people are ailing, their body tired from the wear & tear of life. They are in pain or discomfort & some are bed-ridden. Depending on the circumstances they worry about what will happen to them, who will take care of them or dread that they may become a burden to others. A little understanding will ease & set their minds at rest. Many love to talk & share their ideas. If you sit & listen to them, you will unearth the most amazing treasures. They have fascinating stories to tell, the juiciest episodes of their lives, the best recipes like mouth watering pickles & food. Their vast experience & knowledge is a treasure. Most of them are so talented but that God given talent cannot be passed on to anyone unless one takes the initiative & interest to watch them in action & learn from them. All they need is love & when they know they are loved & appreciated for past efforts, they are able to put their lives in perspective & counter the feelings of regret over failure or short comings which may be real or imagined.

Many elderly people feel lonely as their children have settled abroad either married or working there. Some have lost their better half & some are in the old aged homes eagerly awaiting visitors.The mobile phone is a blessing for them as they can keep in touch with their children, grand children & friends wherever they may be at any time. Whatever be the situation, it is important to make the right choice to enjoy life by adopting a good attitude, connecting to God & aging gracefully. I have had the opportunity to meet many such people. There was a 93 year old lady with such a cheerful disposition, happy & full of fun. She shared so many jokes & the room resounded with her loud laughter. In fact she cheered my spirit. She was full of life even at that age. It was fun being with her.

As I write about aging I once again remember Aunt Rita. She lived on the 2ND floor & the building did not have an elevator. But that did not deter her from coming down every morning & evening either to pursue her hobbies, visit the church or friends or just to buy something & take a walk in the park. She also visited the club where she met friends of her age or younger for a tea party & a time of sharing, fun & laughter.

The church organizes different activities for the senior citizen like picnics, get-together,parties exhibitions,dramas & movies in the auditorium. It is heartening to see them get into the buses that are arranged to take them. They are so happy & excited chatting away with their friends & many of them are 80+. At the parties it is so good to see some of them on the dance floor swaying away to the music & others tapping their feet on the floor to the beat, exchanging memories of their earlier days when they were young & more agile. It is interesting to see their style of dressing & the joy & radiance on their faces.

It is so important to keep active. Do some simple easy to do exercises, walk as much as you can but don't push too hard.Keep an active social life interacting with your children, grandchildren, friends & relatives, may be even taking part in church activities & sharing with others your wonderful life experiences. Admiring nature can be enjoyable & refreshing. Playing board games like chess, scrabble, carom & even card games can be fun especially with your grand-children & also friends. Pursue your hobbies like reading, writing, listening to music & doing the things you love to do - whatever it is that keeps you happy & in good spirits. Adopting a positive attitude will go a long way in helping you age gracefully.

Never resist the changes that take place naturally at this time of life, but accept them & learn to enjoy life. Resisting only puts a strain on health & happiness. Sulking & remembering the unpleasant things of the past will only make life unhappy. Be at peace by forgiving & forgetting all past hurts . Life is what we make it.

So go ahead be happy & enjoy life!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Yes i totally agree with your sentiments. I turn sixty in six months time but i still play high level indoor soccer and can still teach the young ones a trick or two. My wife started out as a geriatric nurse, and she ran a 44 bed special accommodation home for the elderly at the age of 22. I would help out too, and it really was a pleasure to help care for these very able people. My wife has just decided to stop dying her hair and accept the grey colour that is slowly emerging. A good decision to make. Our eighty-six year old next door neighbor has rented the house for the past twenty two but the house is now up for sale. We have offered to take her in, if she wants to. She has a few options, but it is so distressing for her at her time of life. She is a war widow and deserves better treatment. Oh well your hub is well written, with some sound advice and the affinity you show to our elder states people shines through. Cheers.


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Diana Mendes 5 years ago Author

Thank you Attemptedhumour ! I love spending time with elderly people.I admire your wife for starting this 44 bed special accommodation home at the young age of 22 & I will remember your 86year old next door neighbour in my daily prayers. Godf bless you for the wonderful work you do.


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anusha15 5 years ago from Delhi, India

Your thoughts are as beautiful as your expression. I think, death would not be worse than the time one stops living. Living with livelihood and hope and smile.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Awww, this article is so beautiful and so true. Thank you for the reminder to watch out for the elderly and treat them gently. And you give hope to all of us, that we can still live a fulfilling and worthwhile life, no matter what our age. Inspiring and touching. Thank you!


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Diana Mendes 5 years ago Author

Hi prairieprincess! It was so nice to read your comment. Thank you.


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Diana Mendes 5 years ago Author

Thank you Anusha for your kind & encouraging comment.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

When were are a child, we try to emulate our elders and constantly ruminate when will we grow up. But as we reach maturity, we begin to worry for our old age. Such a nice reflection, feels like reading again and again.


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Diana Mendes 5 years ago Author

Hi Binaya.Ghimire! Thanks for appreciating the hub. Your comments are very encouraging. From a young age I've had a great liking for old people & enjoy spending time with them.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Your thoughts are not uncommon as they are so true in many ways for so many people. As I grow older I think about everyone I love, and hope life brings so many people that I cherish good things, and happiness. All I want in life is to see everyone happy, and I guess then I am ready for whatever God wants to do. God Bless You Precious Heart, And May All your Dreams And Prayers Be Answered With Joy.


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

Your Aunt Rita is such a precious inspiration to everyone! You are right. Old age is the perfect age to relish your life-long integrity. It's the time when you pass on wisdom to people. I love old people because they literally have the 'bragging rights' in life. They have so much to offer - things you won't learn even in the most comprehensive encyclopedia there is.

Voted up for this beautiful hub. :D


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago Author

Thank you thesingernurse for your nice comments.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

As a child I was blessed to have grand parents and great grand parents with whom I frequently visited and chatted with. I loved hearing the stories of their lives.

The "elderly" are simply older citizens, not a species unto themselves. Older people have the same basic needs and desires as people in any other age group. Thanks for reminding us.

Thanks for SHARING.


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago Author

Thank you for your nice comment.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I am so pleased you found me. This is such a lovely hub.

I had a neghbour of 84 who still climbed onto her roof to fix it, it amazed me by both her age and that she was a woman fixing her own roof.

Older people always have such interesting stories to tell and their advice is worth listening to.

A great hub and voting up


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago Author

Thank you Rosemay50 for your nice comments.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You have paid a beautiful tribute to older folks and it's time someone did. As we age, we retain all that we have learned through the years and have so much to contribute. Your reminder to keep active as we age is so important. I like the story of your Aunt Rita. Thank you for writing this and I have voted up and pushed every button except for funny!


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago Author

Thank you vocalcoach for appreciating my hub.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I have been a very active athlete most of my life, I am entering my senior year and thankful for having kept fit, it's paying me dividends now with interest:-) Although one can certainly get in a rut and let stress take over and I've seen once healthy active people disappear into their caves and never come out. I do that partially with my mood swings as a Poet, I can have my down times like many, however I come out refreshed and eager to breath and explore my surroundings. I love life and need to be around people who lift me up, not pull me down. Great Hub I enjoyed it very much my new friend. Peace, blessings and good health to you from Canada.


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago Author

Thank you Vincent Moore. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Wish you all the very best. God bless you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I am growing older and enjoying it. Soon I will be collecting social security. I think we miss so much out of life if you sit and bemoan your age. I, like many others, am keeping active, positive, and loving life. Each day is a gift and I intend to use it. Great hub - love your attitude. Up, and awesome.


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals for your appreciation. I am so glad that you have an active, positive, loving life attitude. Be blessed. All the best. Lol.


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NiaLee 3 years ago from BIG APPLE

Diana, thank you for this hub. It is so graceful, beautiful and meaningful. As we grow older, we need to take care of our body, mind and spirit and keep on loving ourselves and the life that we are given to experience.

My father left us on July last year. I still hurt but thank God for the wonderful being he was under his rough shell, and especially the fact that he was up and about, being a example for others and helping the sick and elderly until his last morning prayer. He was 75.

My mother needs that motivation, that energy filled activity to get on the train of happy and healthy life until...

I personally try my best to remember how precious, beautiful and full of possibility life is. The peace, love and will for happiness we have make the difference between one individual another. Sharing that wisdom and beauty is a great thing you did in this blog. You just brought a bright light and colors in the days and nights of many, that will probably share it with many others.

Love and peace to you and all

Nialee


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Diana Mendes 3 years ago Author

Thank you NiaLee for your appreciation. Sorry about your father. love peace & best wishes to you.


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ixwa 3 years ago

I am at the beginning of the age you are describing, and it is so interesting to notice that I have "No Titles To defend", meaning, I am more steady and much more clearer about many things about life, and I have even begun to talk to my son and try and give him some advice about the vicissitudes of life... Your article is very motivating and encouraging, that it makes me value being older much more.. Thanks for the educive article above...


jcibme 3 years ago

Great article :)

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