Age is what you make of it

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on January 13, 2021 with No Comments

 Age isn’t just a number.

Reaching age 18 doesn’t automatically make someone a grown-up. This same way, you’re not suddenly “old” when you hit 65, become a grandparent or go through menopause. You’re only old when you think you are and act like it.

Age is an attitude.

Once again just in case you missed it – age is an attitude. Of course, again is a physical process. But it also encompasses the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person.

While your body ages some degree, your mind, for the most part, will stay as young, as you feel. If you expect to live a long life filled with physical vitality, humor and close relationships, that belief can become the internal map that guides your future. But if you’re convinced that your later years will bring emptiness, depression and sickness, these negative beliefs can actually make you age faster.

Aging well as feeling well.     

In a study of women’s attitudes as they move into their 50s, 60s and 70s, more than half define aging well as feeling great, no matter what their age. They don’t see themselves as slowing down or stopping – they’re just getting started. Four in 10 women older than 65 said there’s no age they’d define as “old”. Most people who live long, healthy lives aren’t exceptional. They’re just regular folks who don’t equate “old” with illness and inactivity. They keep running companies, painting, playing the piano, skiing, swimming, helping in the community and enjoying good times with friends and family.

What’s a long life?

“Long enough” is a relative concept, especially when viewed through the lens of history. One way to define a long life is to measure it against the average life expectancy – the average number of years a person can expect to live. In 2009, the latest figures available, the average life expectancy at birth in the United States was 78.5 years. But some of us will live to be more than 100.

Life expectancy has risen steadily over the centuries. During the Roman Empire, the average person reached the ripe old age of 22 years. By the Middle Ages, a person in England could expect to live to 33. In the early 1900s, life expectancies in developed countries ranged from 35 to 55.

 

Source: Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging.

“Anyone can get old,” said Groucho Marx. “all you have to do is live long enough.”

 

 

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