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
Step 1: Take Care of Yourself
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.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Step 2: Cultivate Inner Beauty
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
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.
"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."
Step 4: Act Your Age and Accept Getting Old Gracefully
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.
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Burning Questions: Round 5