Successful Aging Tips and Characteristics

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan*

Current Beliefs About Aging

Make the rest of your time here rewarding.

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.

Changing our thinking

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

Successful Aging Tips and CharacteristicsWe 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.

Summary

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.

 

 

Please leave your thoughts about this subject in the Comments Section below.  If you would like to write a guest post for this website, please ask about that.

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

*Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bettyfried383994.html?src=t_age

7 Replies to “Successful Aging Tips and Characteristics”
  1. You are so right, Dave. It is hard for most of us to accept that in an acceptable way, but once we do, we are on the road to successful aging.

  2. Hello Tanya, such a timely subject! As I go through this journey called life, I am always astounded by the tenacity and potential we all have. It is the most amazing thing, isn’t it?
    And when we are so willing to not see the physical but rather that we are sharing our connections and love I think aging becomes a lovely path.
    in peace and gratitude, ariel

  3. You are right, Ariel, about all of us having tenacity and potential. We all have our own ways of successfully aging. The wonderful thing about sharing is that we always benefit from doing that. While we may never meet the person who feels exactly as we do, we can take comfort in knowing that if we have good thoughts, someone else is having them also.

    Tanya

  4. Hello Tanya thanks for this interesting article.
    I personally believe that “all of the above” applies when it comes to aging…but mostly is being young at heart.
    I live in a town where there are many retirees, and often I see ladies maybe only 5 or 10 years older than me (I am 52) and they have “surrendered” to their “old age” and wear clothing that our grandmothers used to wear…thinking that this is what they “should” be wearing…and that is so wrong!
    That shows to me an “old at heart” mentality! Not saying that wearing a tang top and a mini skirt with your hair died in 10 different colors is what they should do either…but there is a balance to be found somewhere.
    Also, skincare…imperative…from young age! I truly believe that prevention is the best solution!
    Anyway I could go on and on…enjoyed reading your article.
    Cheers – Oriono

  5. I appreciate your reading this article, Orion. That “surrendering” you spoke of is one of the reasons I selected this niche. I almost did that once and was later astonished at myself. Balance is definitely important. Sounds like you are successfully aging! Tanya

  6. Hello Tanya,
    Powerful quote ‘Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan’ and a great start to a wonderful expression of thoughts.
    Yes, so true, many of us have evolved enough to realize the connection between mind, body, and soul/spirit. And we are embarking on a continuous journey, and it is beautiful. Yes, we all age/evolve differently and our lessons will vary accordingly.
    Much success to you.
    Michelle

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