Is 60 Really the New 40?
Boomers Are Right, Its All in Your Mind!
Deepak Chopra says that THE most important way to stay young is to change your perceptions about your age. Is he right?
In Ageless Body: Timeless Mind, he tells of a study done on people of the WWII generation. People in their 70's were given full physicals.
Then they spent a week in a resort with just each other. The environment was totally controlled. The radios were set up to play Big Band music and the news and dramatic programming was from the 40's. They were told to talk about things that happened when they were young.
After immersing themselves in the times when they were young, as if they were young, thinking young, they were given second physicals. Blood pressure was lower and other vital statistics had all improved!
Yes, the mind matters.
It seems that believing that 60 is the new 40 actually makes it true.
A 50th Anniversary in 1962
My Grandparents, Orval and Alberta Byrd
Grandma and Grandpa were 71 and 72 on their 50th anniversary. They looked much older by today's standards. But they fit right in with the times.
In their lifetime, there were rules for how people dressed and acted depending on what decade of their life they were living. Even in that more uptight era, women stopped wearing bras at a certain age. Bras weren't for old ladies.
People expected to age and were told just how to do it. Most of them complied.
A 50th anniversary in 1985
My parents, Fritz and Marjorie Arrowsmith.
Mom and Dad were 68 on their anniversary. A mere 3 to 4 years difference. Not much when you are in your late 60's-70's. And remember, my mom comes from their gene pool.
At first glance my parents look much more youthful. Look closer, what is the difference really? Not really significantly fewer wrinkles (mom and grandma both had beautiful skin to the end). Grandpa and Dad both have on nice suits Grandma's dress is more dowdy. But that is just a symptom, not why her essence is older.
Mom and Dad were also products of their times. They never had a gym membership and ate bologna sandwiches with butter almost every day. They also went along with the expected standards, and they were almost as rigid as for Mom's parents.
The times were a little more forgiving, but more importantly, I think, is that all their friends were at least 10 years younger than they were. At 91, Dad still won't go to a Senior Center because he doesn't like to hang around with 'old people'. I remind him that most of the people at the center would be a good 10 to 20 years younger than he is, but no, he is not interested. His current best friend is 45 to his 91.
Am I saying that the key is to only be with younger people? Of course not. In the first place that would be impossible for everyone to do, but age integrated social circles are possible. The key is to perceive that you are younger than you are.
It helps to be around people who have the same philosophy and mind set. Chopra was right!
BTW, even Chopra writes about eating well and exercise, they are still important, but that mental attitude is the name of the game.
Look at those pictures again. Both couples are proud and happy with a light in their eyes. But it is a different kind of light. One is active, while the other isn't. I remember Mom at 75 challenging herself to climb all the way to the top of the Lincoln Monument, something that Grandma would never have thought of doing, even at a much younger age. Mom knew it would be a challenge, but perceived that she could. Grandma probably perceived that she couldn't in her 30's, and she would not have been able to.
Perception is the difference between a light in the eye and an active, young light in the eye.
Dr. Oz on Reversing Aging
Dr. Oz appears regularly on Oprah and has written several books about "you" the body and how to keep it healthy and young.
Those Kids Are Always With Us: We Learn to Hide Them or Let Them Dance
What is Your Real Age? - Go to the Site, Take the Test
Most of you are probably younger than your chronological age, some of you are older. The key to staying young is to know where you stand so that you can change habits and attitudes in order to be younger than your age.
- How Old Are You, REALLY?
Learn how to fool the calendar. What are the habits, physical, spiritual, emotional and attitudinal that will keep you far below that chronological age.
Electropollution Does Age Your Body - Protect Yourself
Part of attitude is making sure that your protect your body, and knowing it works.
- Healthy in a Wireless World
BioPro has several products to help fight aging. Cell Phone chips, universal chips and the IWater, water so intelligent that even NASA wants to use it.
- Anti-Aging Solutions.
I found a solution to this problem. Check out the IWater, I spray my face several times a day and well, those forehead lines are lessening. Yes, I believe it, but its also there.
- Exercise Your Brain: Keep It Young and Healthy!
Simple and proven tips for keeping your brain beautiful and in tip top shape.
Aging is in the Mind
Both Dr Oz and Deepok Chopra believe that aging is reversible.
- Chopra on Staying Young
"Well, most people think that aging is fatal and scientific data shows that that's not true. People don't die of old age, they die of diseases that accompany old age, and they are preventable. Most people think that aging is irreversible and we know
Is 60 The New 40? - Or 50 The New 30?
Can Perception and Care Taking Really Keep You Young?
Water, Water EveryWhere...But Do You Drink It? - George Carlin was funny, but was he right?
Heard a report on Paul Harvey yesterday. A nursing home tried an experiment with water. They started a 'Water Club' where competition was set up to see who could drink the most water, aiming for 8 to 9 glasses a day.
Soon people became more active and vitals improved. Wish I had more, but I will do some Google to find it. In the mean time...
How Much Water Do You Drink?
Well, 40 Is Certainly the New 20!
Dora Torres wins Olympic medals at age 41.
In 1949 when Fred Astaire turned 40 his doctors told him to stop dancing because it wouldn't be good for his heart!
People's bodies haven't changed, but society's perceptions of what they can and should do certainly have. Astaire led the way by, thankfully, ignoring his doctors. Torres is continuing to pioneer for changing the perceptions of aging!
Deepak Chopra's Classic
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative is the classic, but all of these books have important information about slowing or even reversing your aging process.
"This Is What 40 Looks Like"
Gloria Steinem Breaks Ground on the Aging Front.
Gloria Steinem is about 14 years older than I am. She is a beautiful woman who has lead a life of activism.
Since her field was feminism reporters were fascinated with her beauty. They seemed to think that was a contradiction. Now there is an untrue perception.
She often heard them remark, "You look so young for 40"
She is famous for the response, "This is what 40 looks like". And of course, she was right. If she was 40 and looked like that, then 40 looks, or can look like that.
Today we are used to seeing 40 year olds who look like she did 30 years ago. The perception now is that people can age well, and more and more are doing it. See how it works!
Did every 40 year old look like her? No. Does every 60+ year old look like Suzanne Somers or Harrison Ford? No. But we all know people that age who look very good. Thus that is what that age looks like. It also looks older than that and younger than that.
The point is that the reporters 30 years ago had a picture of what a particular age should look like, just like in my parents and grandparents age. They were so convinced that they questioned anyone who didn't match their perceptions.
Your age is what you perceive it to be.
From Gloria Steinem - She Stayed Young When You Weren't Supposed To
Gloria Steinem not only challenged perceptions about gender roles, but also those about agism.
33 Is the New 16?
Olympic Gymnastics is a sport where 20 has been considered aging. Shawn Johnson may be on the 2012 American team because she will be 20.
There has been a lot of speculation about the Chinese team cheating by having gymnasts who are younger than the required 16. This is an advantage.
Enter Oksana Chusovitina a 33 year old Russian woman who earned a silver medal in vaulting for the German team.
This woman apparently did not listen to those who said she was too old. She and her coach ignored the perception that she was too old because she was twice as old as she should have been to be an Olympic gymnast.
- Oksana Chusovitina
"I feel perfect," said the former Olympic gold medalist through a translator, a backpack with a stuffed animal strapped over her shoulders. "I feel young."
- Fifth Olympics; First Individual Medal
The veteran of Barcelona, Atlanta, Sidney, and Athens won her first individual medal, a silver in the vault in Beijing amongst the controversy that said that 16 was too old!
Maybe 80 is Really The New 40!!!
- 82 Year Old Is Dancing With the Stars!
Last year on Dancing With the Stars Jason Taylor, a 30 year old current NFL defensive tackle, the man who had more sacks than any other player for 2007, talked about what a physical challenge it was to learn the dances. This year 82 year old Cloris
Cloris Leachman: Still Going Strong.
Its hard to believe that Cloris Leachman was near 50 when she stole the show in High Anxiety is and Young Frankenstein, and 40 something in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but she was.
She is clearly an example of someone who believes that age is a matter of mind set. At age 80, the Academy Award winner won her eighth prime time Emmy and has been traveling the country in a one woman show, "Cloris!".
Thank you, Cloris, for showing us all what 80 can be like!
News: Cloris has made it past the first two cuts and the grueling first week of two dancers. Frankly, she isn't that good of a dancer, but physically? She is doing something that many 30 year olds can't do! She is dancing!
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Desperation Is Not a Positive Attitude
Don't Confuse Desperation with Perception
"Sexy, not desperate", is a quote from Suzanne Somers. She sells clothing to be worn by women of all ages. It is alluring, not silly.
A 65 year old woman in a pair of properly fitting jeans and a fitted t-shirt is very sexy and attractive.
A 50 year old woman in Daisy Dukes and a mid drift top is, well, sad and desperate.
Having young adult friends who share your interests can keep your mind young.
Hanging around with your teenager's friends, using all the lingo won't.
Pretending to be a kid is not a different perception, it is agreeing with the notion that youth is chronological. Struggling and flailing against the perception won't make you young. Standing it on its head by being comfortable and happy with yourself is challenging the old rules.
Trying to be a kid, trying to look like what we aren't is not changing perceptions. Being yourself in spite of arbitrary societal rules, is.
Suzanne Somers' Philosophy
I don't believe that everyone needs hormone replacement as Suzanne Somers suggests. However, I do agree with her that if you are going to use them they should be bio-identical, not the one size fits all.
Her Somersize programs is easy, effective, healthy and you get to eat a whole lot of food, including brownies! Believe that her flourless brownie mix can top most you have eaten!
More Deepak Chopra
Grow Younger, Live Longer: Ten Steps to Reverse Aging is an excellent guide
Dr Oz's Guide to "YOU"
A more physical approach, and the man knows of what he speaks. These books are excellent additions to his information on aging.
And lots of pampering doesn't hurt at all!
Don't Grow Old
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