Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan*
Current Beliefs About Aging
There is no doubt about it, we are all aging. Look around you and see if anyone has gotten younger lately. Yes, they might look that way and that is okay. In fact, we all want to know their secrets. We crave successful aging tips! Dr. Roger Landry has written a book, Live Long, Die Short–A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging, which reveals very clearly how we can alter the course of our life by paying closer attention to our “diet, exercise, social relations, and productive activity.” Yes, there are many successful aging tips and characteristics revealed through this book.
Dr. Landry presents this information by
- providing a history of our ancestors–those of long, long ago–showing how they fared much better by the way they worked and lived with the group they belonged to.
- revealing how the MacArthur Foundation’s evidence-based research shows that we can, at almost any age, alter the course of our life.
- presenting an assessment tool by which you can learn what you are good at and what you need to improve on, so that you may move forward with your own agenda, rather than following that of another.
- providing 10 tips that respond to your individual needs as revealed by your scores. These well-defined tips are presented in separate chapters with thorough, but concise, explanations of how to do things differently. They form the basis of change.
One of my favorite chapters is “Never ‘Act Your Age'” which shows how NOT to follow the script that older people are expected to follow. If others expect us to decline, and we expect to decline, what is going to happen to us if we don’t change our way of thinking and alter the course?
There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom and love, it’s the right choice.
Finding the Meaning of Life
Some of us have never started the journey to spiritual growth. Those of us who did start and took it seriously find that we are still on it. We never stop savoring the journey because it takes our mind, body, and spirit into places we have never been. We explore and keep on exploring. “Our soul is the sum of our deeds, our work, our creations, our experience, our love, our joy, our pain and our suffering. Throughout our entire life, our soul is continuously in the process of becoming.”(1) The authors of this book suggest that a serious journey requires giving more attention to reading helpful books, including novels, poetry, and nonfiction, getting psychotherapy and if needed psychiatric assistance, experiencing more creativity, and studying religion. This includes attending seminars, lectures, and religious institutions), and pursuing more education (Some universities have free classes for seniors.)
“What is the meaning of life for you? Discover it, keep your eye on it, and it will take you wherever you want to go, even if it is only in your imagination. Should it be a person that may fade, find another meaning of life. Should it be a task, choose a different one. And should it be a hobby that you can no longer perform, fine another hobby to replace it.” Tanya Green
Acting Our Age
We no longer have to act our age, nor do we have to do anything because someone else suggests it. We are still old and wise enough to make our own decisions, or we wouldn’t be reading this article. We resent people thinking that because we are older we have arrived at that stage where we should be listening to them tell us what they think we should be doing, as if they were the older and wiser. The woman in the picture is having fun and that is how it should be! Laughter and having fun contribute to successful aging in a huge way.
I hope to cover many subjects pertinent to aging successfully in this website. These subjects will include sleep, dementia, working or not, retirement income, debt, life insurance, fitness, nursing homes, caregivers, and all sorts of things important to us. If you have unresolved questions, feel free to ask. I will search for the best answers for you.
I have not said much about the characteristics of successful aging. Many can be gleaned from what has been said, and that is a subject to be discussed many times and in different ways on this site. As I have said before, I would like to hear from those of you who do feel successful about your aging, where you are in life, and what in particular you are satisfied with.
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Please enjoy Dr. Landry’s book at your own pace by purchasing it through Amazon.com. You may do that by simply clicking on the book front below. You will probably find it helpful to use a journal as you read it, so that you can make comments on your plans.
(1) The Search for Meaning, 1994. T. H. Naylor, W. H. Willimon, and M. R. Naylor. Published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN
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