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Growing Older Not For Wimps

Updated on July 8, 2010

It's Not For Wimps

A friend once told me "getting old isn't for wimps" How true. When I was in my forties I felt a little concerned about my age, but not too bad. Then I remember feeling my age as every birthday went by. I guess if I keep going I will tell my age. (Oh well it doesn't bother me anymore). I turned the big 50 Oh my goodness! I didn't think I was going to live through that. I could feel my youth slipping away, and then I realized you are only as old as you feel. Some mornings I feel every bit of my age, and that's the truth. When I was younger I remember listening to my mother complain about her aches and pains, and how I used to think she was over reacting. As I grew older I didn't think that anymore I now have more sympathy.

Stop The Hands Of Time

I have a friend and she does everything she can to fight the aging process. Year after year she uses creams and make up, and she exercises to lose weight  and to stay fit. She says she is fighting growing old every step of the way. I say good for her. It is getting harder each year,and father time is catching up. There's so many potions and lotions out there. I just wonder if they really make a difference.These times are called our golden years actually getting older is hard, aches and pains really do exist. There are ways to help deal with these symptoms, and keep yourself active and fit. I know someone that's78 years old and he's an inspiration he is very fit. He has muscular legs and is very strong he has worked out all his life and it shows. This person is very active and enjoys life to the fullest. I hope to do the same when I am his age.

Maintain Good Health

Elderly adults should maintain well-being by keeping active, this has had a considerable history since 1972, this has become to be known as activity theory. The measure of age varies from some cultures. For example in China, Korea,Japan, Vietnam, children are considered to be one year old at the moment of birth and two years old on the following New Years day. This means the child could be considered two years old several days after birth.

Successful aging consists of three components.

1. Low probability of disease

2. High cognitive and physical function capacity.

3. Active engagement with life is very important.

Good mental health and good social support, which are friendships,social contacts,hobbies, and religion.

Retirement is a common transition faced by the elderly. This could have positive and negative consequences. I know I am looking forward to my retirement. Even though I will probably work part time because I am a social person. The positive is when the elderly has social skills, and are involved in the community. Others would need to have social support like hobbies,religion, friends, family. Which helps them feel useful.

The negative would be closing themselves off from their social contacts. Therefore not being involved in the community,and becoming with drawn. Which leads to feeling useless, and eventually giving up. Living to be 100 years old. Genes may play a role a new study of people aged to 100 and over found most had a number of genetic variations in common. This doesn't mean there's is a quick test to determine who lives long and who will not. Diet and exercise, and other factors are also very significant. The more active and social the elderly are In there golden years is very important to there well-being. I think we need to respect our elders as our mothers and fathers taught us. I remember in our family we always gave our grandparents the most highest respect. I envy couples that have been together, for many years, because you find that special love only once in a life time. growing old together sharing a whole life time together is awesome. The love like for no other.


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      rose56 7 years ago

      @Gpage thanks for reading. I wish I would have taken exercise more serious when I was in my 40's. Its only when I hit my fifty's that I really could see the difference in how people age and I realize the better shape your in when you do get in your fifty the better you will whole up. Then aging isn't so hard on your body.Also a good attitude is very important, you know the saying your only as young as you feel.

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      Happy New Year Rose! I do believe exercise is really important. I'm in my 40's and I hike a lot. I have also decided to go back to taking yoga classes again. I have seen how different people age and the ones that lacked exercise had a much harder time as they got older. My grandmother didn't really exercise until she joined classes at a local Senior Center. Even walking every day is good. Anyway, this was a good and informative article. Best, GPAGE

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      rose56 7 years ago

      @BobbiRant That is priceless. I love that.

      Thanks for reading.

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      Great hub. I think we are sold a bill of goods by the media who use 12 year olds to sell anti-aging creams and lotions. I have earned every one of these wrinkles and I remember a wonderful line from a movie. The lady is in the mall and some young chick is hawking face cream. the older lady looks at her and says: "This is my face, deal with it." I love her!

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      rose56 7 years ago

      So glad you enjoyed my hub.

      Thanks for reading.

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      denise mohan 7 years ago from California

      Loved this hub. Thank you darling

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      rose56 7 years ago

      @Duchess I know what you mean. Getting old is hard some times. Thanks for reading.

      @ Lisadpreston I am so glad that my hub brought back some good memories. Thanks for reading.

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      lisadpreston 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      What a great hub. My granny (81) said a phrase something similar to your hub title not too long ago and I can't remember what it was. My alzheimers is kicking in. It is hell getting old, I'm feeling it, but I will say, I wouldn't want to be in my 20's again and be that stupid and naive. I like it that my kids are grown and I have grandkids to enjoy, spoil, then send them home to aggravate their mother. It's payback time! LOL. I'm still young at heart and I guess thats what matters. Good hub, I enjoyed it.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      I enjoy reading how others deal with the aging process because I'm on the other side of 50 myself and wonder "is it just me?" When you get out of bed in the morning, it would be helpful if we could have a crane to help crank up those old joints LOL.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Thanks @ whidbeywriter all this time I thought she was over reacting I know better now. Doing the best we can at our age.

      @ brightforyou thanks for reading my hub. From now on I can only do my best to put up with this age thing and I wont let it get me down.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      How true! At 57 I feel the passage of time; aches and pains seem to be something one learns to live with. Excellent, thorough hub with a great message for those of us who are 'over the hill'.. thanks!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      I missed this one....sis it was awesome. I too remember thinking that about our mom and now boy do I know what she was talking about. Thanks for this great hub - cheers!

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      rose56 7 years ago

      creativelycc thanks for reading. I agree.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Great article. Getting older doesn't bother me at all! I'm thankful for everyday I wake up.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      @ DE Greek thanks for stoping by and reading my hub.

      Your only as young as you feel.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      At 62, I am well beyond teh hill, but I enjoy every minute of life. There IS life after 60 :-)))

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      Wife Who Saves 7 years ago

      It's true that we have aches and pains as we get older, but I would not trade retirement for driving in rush hour traffic and snow storms, and working 40-50 hours a week. I'll take the aches and pains any day.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Yes Im fifty and I loveeee it!!!!Thanks for commenting we old fogies have to stick

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      While outlining the cautions that would naturally put the wimp in me on guard, your article does a great job of hightlighting the positive side of the aging process. At least some of it is up to our discretion and we must be mindful of that if we are to retain some quality in our later years. I hope reading and writing play a big part in that for me! WB

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      rose56 7 years ago

      minnetonka twin How lovely twins thats great ,so you know how special sisters are. Thanks so much for reading cant wait to read yours . caio

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Thank you Lita C Mailicdem I thank you so much, and your write I agree with you.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      I'm living my life the best I could. These are my "bonus" years. Seniors like us need not sulk. We can't turn back the hands of time, so why waste away the precious extended time? We have to outwit time if we could! LOL! Rose, you're the best!

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      rose56-Just so you know, your still YOUNG. I will never forget my dad freaking out at 50 but then at about 70 he said he couldn't believe he thought 50 was old. It is all about how we look at things. Your just a baby rose! Keep on bloomin.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I so agree it is all about attitude and acceptance - I look at my parents and aunt in particular keep plowing ahead determined to let no ailment or operation make them stop - they have had their fair share - heart bypasses etc but keep going on - it also inspires the generations behind them.

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      yalenova 7 years ago

      Great video, and interesting hub.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Not for the superficial ones, at that. I'd like to age gracefully with the wisdom of the world. Great hub, Rose.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      @cybersupe Thanks for reading. cant wait to read yours.

      @afros I enjoyed yours as well. Good job.

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      afro's mistake 7 years ago from dorothys kansas

      Great hub i liked your writing and i liked the video

      everything was on point

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Hi Rose, just read your hub and really enjoyed your comments in the hub. I at 79 and can relate to your 78 year old friend the you reffered to. My Mom at age 97 keeps telling me that age is only a number. God Bless her soul.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      @pamela99 I agree its all about the attitude. thank you for reading.

      @vocalcoach I also thought my age now was so old when I was younger.Not so much anymore. thanks for your opinion.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Attitude is everything! I am now at the age that I thought was soooo old when I was younger. I couldn't even imagine living this long. But I am here and I don't act my age. I love young people and really relate to them. I love being 70 yrs young! YaHoo!

      Very good hub. Thanks so much.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Good hub. Eating healthy, exercising and keeping a support system is so important in keeping a younger attitude.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      thanks Miss ladyjane for stoping by.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      great hub rose and I especially like the video in this one. Cheers.

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Thanks geegee I am glad you had the time to read my humble hubs

      @passonno thank you as well, there is a big differance in some people. some act like they are 90 when in fact their only 60 years of age.

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      passonno73 7 years ago

      I agree! Having started taking care of the elderly 15 yrs ago,I have seen so many types of clients.Some people age differently for sure,but maybe if they had more support to feel useful,that could help to do it graciously as they call it.I took care of a man that was 94 and he was remarkable and on the flip side, a woman who was 78 and was much older than he was.Circumstances were obviously different.Anyways,I could go Great Hub!!!=))

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      geegee77 7 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Awesome hub rose I cant wait to grow old....NOT!!JK great hub!!!