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So one day you look in the mirror and see a grey hair, then the fine lines appear on your face. Then at work your new young coworker pipes up and says "hey, you know, I was just in kindergarten when you started working here".

Yup, you are getting old!.

but DON"T PANIC

Your life is not over yet.

Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
-Betty Friedan, "Parade", March 20, 1994

 
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Step 1: Take care of yourself

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Eat Healthy- your body absorbs less nutrients when you are older, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and take supplements, especially vitamin D and calcium.

Exercise -muscle tissue can become less flexible, and you lose bone density with age. Exercise can help prevent this, start light , don't overdo it and seek the advice of a physician if you are starting a new exercise regime, just taking a 30 minute walk outside is great.

Exercise your mind -"use it or lose it", it can prevent cognitive decline, do suduko, crosswords, play cards, read, learn new things.

Socialize -surround yourself with friends, humans are social animals and thrive in these situations. Join a book club, knitting circle, play bingo, bridge. If your not big on people, get a pet.

Stay on top of your health, visit a doctor for routine screening such as mammogram, prostate, cholesterol, blood pressure, eye exam, hearing test.

It is also not a bad idea to take a closer look at your family tree, to see if there is any history of illness such as heart disease or cancers that you can take preventative measures against.

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
-Harrison Ford

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Step 2: Cultivate inner beauty

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So what if your looks begin to fade, allow your inner beauty to shine through.

-Continue to learn and grow
-maintain your enthusiasm and curiosity
-keep an open mind, be open to change, be creative
-have fun, LAUGH!

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
Amos Bronson Alcott

Step 3: Positive thinking

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Develop a positive outlook on life. Don't fixate on getting older, live your life to the fullest.

If you forget things and say "oh, I'm growing old, my memory is going" then it will!

Think of all the great things you can do when your older and retire; travel, spend time with the grand kids, write your memoirs, do more instructables.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
-Mark Twain'

"What we are today comes from thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow:
our life is the creation of our mind."
- Buddha

Step 4: Act your age and accept getting old gracefully

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Learn to accept that you will grow old, its inevitable, age gracefully.

Denial won't work
-lose the toupee or comb over, don't buy that sporty new midlife crisis car, don't dump your spouse for someone half your age, or try to squeeze into clothing meant for teenagers, you will only look foolish.

Quit obsessing about it, the more self conscious you become about getting older, the more other people will notice.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

profesormp1 year ago
right. I use it
blkhawk3 years ago
Kudos! People should not be afraid to age. We should age gracefully and accept the changes that come with it. Thank you for posting.
Goodhart6 years ago
Well THIS came about 25 years too late for me LOL
fat64 Goodhart3 years ago
Haha well.. It's never too late. If you start a better diet you will immediately notice differences.
Goodhart fat643 years ago
I have actually, and although the changes are small, I am losing a bit of weight, and feeling a little better, but the pains from the heart surgery, and the numbness and the arthritis will probably pretty much remain :-)
Puzzledd4 years ago
Well thought-out and good advice (-though growing old gracefully isn't for everyone- some think it's more fun to grow old DISgracefully ;p ) One of the benefits of getting older is not worrying so much what others think of you so, I say: if it doesn't hurt anyone else, go for it!

That being said, my Mum is over 90, lives alone, full life with lots of friends and interests, still drives (though not in busy traffic at night, she realises her limitations); she has been walking, doing dance and Tai Chi for years so has great balance and good strong bones. She realises she's responsible for her own health and happiness, so she refuses to be a burden to society, and still does volunteer work. She's lucky with her health but also takes care of it. She's going to go on Facebook, too, when she gets time.... exhausts me just thinking about it!

Thanks for a thoughtful and constructive Instructable:)
ChrysN (author)  Puzzledd4 years ago
Thanks. Your mum is awesome.
Puzzledd ChrysN4 years ago
Yes, I hope I'm 1/4 as good when I get to her age.

I like all your quotes. There's one that goes something like "old age has its disadvantages but it sure beats the alternative!" ... don't know where it's from.
paganwonder6 years ago
Not everyone gets to grow old
ChrysN (author)  paganwonder6 years ago
Sadly, yes.
scoutlady6 years ago
Good advice, no matter how old or young you are. I would like to add a few more things to your list: Get enough sleep/rest, Express and show your love to others-you will both be better for it. Make each day count. We do not know how many days we/they have left. And to those under 30 or so- Don't rush or waste your youth- Middle age comes at you fast!
chalky6 years ago
Excellent advice there buddy:) just out of curiosity 'how old are you' by the way?
ChrysN (author)  chalky6 years ago
I'm 37, but I do have aging parents that have inspired me to write this.
Are you sure your name isn't Dennis?
ChrysN (author)  michaelk426 years ago
No, really its chrys!
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annalie.s6 years ago
Very nicely done! I hope you inspire lots of people to view growing older in a new, more positive light. My motto is: "Don't give yourself permission to be old!"