Aging Isn't What it Used to Be
You know you're getting old when you think getting lucky is finding your car in the parking lot!
"Use it or Lose it."
Just because we get older doesn't mean we have to feel older. In fact I've been a senior citizen for awhile now and my mind refuses to acknowledge my true age. As I grow older I actually increase my activity. I walk five to six times each week, take a water aerobics class, hike, do plenty of stretching and include yoga sessions.
Exercise provides me with the energy I need for teaching music and entertaining others with my piano stylings at the local café. I'm also applying for a volunteer position at a nearby animal shelter.
Keeping myself busy takes my mind off of annoying aches and pains. The phrase "use it or lose it" still applies in our golden years.
Weight Lifting Keeps Bones Strong and Healthy
What Are the Three Stages of Aging?
Aging can be classified into three stages according to Lawrence Frolik a professor at University of Pittsburg School of Law:
- The Young - Old period is from age 65 to 75.
- The Old period is from 75 to 85.
- The Old, Old period is from 85 plus.
Attitude Determines Our Real Age
We may have to face getting older but we do have something to say about aging. Having a positive attitude about aging helps to keep our minds sharp. Being actively engaged in a hobby or setting where younger people are involved may also influence the way we think about aging.
The fact is. I don't really think much about it. I'll never see 70 again, but I still remain a professional pianist by playing a beautiful black grand piano in a quaint local restaurant. Tourists from all around the world visit our breath-taking mountain village located in the San Jacinto mountains in Southern California, year around.
Most of these tourists stop in for a tasty lunch or dinner at the Mile High Cafe, where yours truly can be found entertaining guests with my piano stylings. My point is: Mingling with folks of all ages, along with keeping myself actively engaged at the piano, helps to keep my mind alert as I continue to live my passion as a pianist. Even with severe arthritis in my right hand, I refuse to let a little pain stop me.
Share Your Talents and Hobbies With Others as You Age
Changing Our Attitude About Pain
How we think, act, and talk about aging can have an effect on our health. I'll give you an example: I suffer from diabetic nerve pain in both feet. It hurts! The pain feels like hot needles invading the bottom of the feet, toes and even the top of the foot. In addition, the toes become tingly and numb
I love to walk, especially here in the woods. For a short time I was so uncomfortable I thought I should stop my one mile daily walks. As I cut back on my walking, I noticed my feet continued with the very same painful symptoms. Even with anti-inflammatory meds such as Ibuprofen, I suffered just the same. I soon stopped taking the meds and made a decision to start my walking again.
I walk through my pain now, giving thanks to my Creator for having two legs and two feet. Some people aren't so lucky. I changed my attitude and although nothing has changed physically, I refuse to dwell on this condition and walk regularly with plenty of pep in my step.
Another way to deal with chronic pain is to dedicate yourself to a life of service. Doing a good deed for another person puts you in an entirely different mindset. You may still have pain but for the time spent in helping others, your mind is distracted from the pain, both mentally and physically.
I'm An Aging Older Woman
I met an old lady wrinkled and thin
Her eyes greeted mine
Ranting please let me in
This same old lady I met down the road
Her burden so heavy was too big a load
Her old bones were thinning,
She’s faced her last inning
Where’s the young girl with image so clear
She slowly gets older year after year
Stay away old lady get out of my way
You’ve stolen my youth
Day after day
You’ve robbed me of energy
Leaving me weak
I now need a face-lift
It’s time for a tweak
I’ll not use a cane or a walker forbid
I’ll walk tall and limber the way I once did
Once firm and perky you’ve ruined "the girls"
No white hair for me
With those tiny tight curls
I’ll live with my pain all day and all night
And when I have to I’ll put up a fight
Stay away from my mirror, stay away from my door
I can still exercise I just stay on the floor
When I am ready to age and grow old
I’ll send you a message I’ll join the fold
Though gravity pulls and everything sags
I 'm staying young I won’t pack my bags
My youth is forever my youth evermore
Yes, I’m a dreamer that’s what youths for
I paint my own picture I sing my own song
So farewell old lady I’m where I belong.
Your Body Will Thank You For Daily Stretching
Can You Live to be 110?
People are living longer today than 10 years ago. This is due to the fact that we're living a healthier lifestyle. If you can live to be 110 your chance of dying doesn't increase any more.
Centenarians are known for their outgoing personalities and positive attitude. A healthy diet and busy life-style also may attribute to longevity. For example, walking as little as 30 minutes, three times a week can help you stay physically fit and mentally sharp, strengthen your bones, lift your spirits—and lower your risk of falls.
Engaging in activites that keep the brain sharp such as learning a musical instrument or language along with playing complex computer games also prevents loss of brain function. We grow new neurons with time, and the brain is constantly reshaping itself in response to learning.
So, eat your spinach, keep active and start a gratitude list!
This 74 Year Old Woman is Awesome
Aging Statistics From The Administration On Aging
- The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans.
- By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014.
- People 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.
- The number of people aged 80 years or older will have almost quadrupled between 2000 and 2050 to 395 million.
- The US Census Bureau indicates that individuals 85 and up are the fastest growing age group by percentage.
- Every 70 seconds, a person in America develops Alzheimer’s.
- Despite popular belief, drivers over 65 have fewer accidents per person than those under 65.
How old do you feel?
Please complete the following - I feel...
The Late George Carlin
Do You Know This?
Soda Prematurely Ages You. A host of maladies is scientifically linked with carbonated beverages including brittle bones, pancreatic cancer, muscle weakness and paralysis.
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren
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Stay Curious as You Age
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.” - Ellen DeGeneres
I may age, but I refuse to get old. I let my body know who's boss. There are days when I just don't feel like getting out of bed - but I do it anyhow. There are times when I would rather not go for a walk - but I walk anyhow. The message is clear. There comes a time when we're better off not listening to our bodies.
Life is filled with choices. As we age, making the right choices may very well add more wonderful years to our life. The choice to be positive or negative, happy or sad, kind or selfish, loving or hateful, all rest within us:
- If we don't use it, we lose it and this applies to the mind, body, and spirit. Learn something new every day.
- Exercise just a little bit more.
- Love just a little bit deeper.
- Give more today than you gave the day before not to just others but to yourself as well.
- Laugh with gusto.
- Make mistakes to conquer obstacles.
- Invite your inner child to play.
- Sing out loud.
- Cry to release pent-up emotions.
- Watch an inspiring movie
- Hep someone in need.
- Embrace nature and all her miracles.
And remember, you are a miracle too.
What is Your Favorite Way to Remain Young at Heart?
© 2011 Audrey Hunt