Add Years to your Life – And Life to your Years!

 

One day I asked a friend if she’d like to live as long as George Burns. For those of you too young to remember him, he was a well-known comedian years ago who also played God in a couple of movies back in the seventies. God must have enjoyed his performances, because old George lived to be 100. He actually worked until he was in his mid-nineties! George also believed in having a good attitude about aging. He was credited with saying: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My friend didn’t seem too keen on the idea of becoming a centenarian. She responded: “No, I don’t want to live to be 100. Can you imagine what I would look like if I was 100? Nobody would be my friend (mostly because they would all be dead). I would be lonely walking around my house with my walker, running into the wall and falling down. Do you know how hard it is for a person who is 100 to get up when they fall down??? I might lie there until I was 101!” (OK, I get the picture) Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: 10 Ways Become Ageless

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10 Ways to remain ageless

  • Become a friend of that woman in the mirror. Rather than bemoaning your lines and wrinkles, embrace your abilities. 
  • Make a choice to age well; change your words to change your life.
  • Remember that your chronological age doesn’t have to define you.  Internally, we are all ageless.
  • Never stop learning. 
  • Take care of yourself physically to avoid age-related diseases.
  • Take care of yourself emotionally.
  • Don’t give away your sense of self by doing what others expect you do to. 
  • Re-define aging for yourself; don’t fall prey to society’s old age stereotypes.
  • Respect those who are older than yourself; you’ll be there one day (unless, of course, you are denied the privilege of aging).
  • Become an advocate for an issue that is important to you. 

©2016 Vital Aging for Women