I just turned 51 and do not feel "senior". But I am becoming aware of the amount of ageism and condescending attitudes towards seniors that is out there. for example, the badminton player didn't "resemble" an athlete, she IS an athlete.
I want to wholeheartedly agree with SKIDEE's comment. Time and chance do play a part in our health, and there are times we have to make the best of a difficult situation. Besides the greater likelihood of healthier golden years, living a disciplined and healthy lifestyle brings the reward of feeling better right now.
I still remember when I was in high school and a friend of my Aunt's, a lady in her 50s or 60s, invited me and my cousin to go jogging in the morning. I had my "sure, whatever, I can keep up with someone that much older than me!"
Yeah right! She blew us out of the water. We jogged for about 2 minutes and then walked, gasping for air, and watched her quickly and gracefully jogging her way far into the distance.
Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness lived to be 96 and he worked out two hours the day before he passed from URI. I love that he really "lived" each day and he didn't "retire." I'm 63 and never plan to be "old."
My clock is really tickin' fast on me, but I try not to think about it too much. My mind is still 30 although my body often begs to differ. I receive lots of encouragement when I read about people older than I who are active, healthy and fit. That would mean people in their 70s and up!
9/28/2012 7:36:47 AM
I absolutely love this article. As a college student I worked part time in a retirement home, and I've never loved a job more. Talk about wisdom, epic tales, great humor and life lessons. 20 years later, I still remember some of the residents because I learned so much from them. I find it a pity that seniors are not celebrated more and used more in society to coach us younger people--all that experience and wisdom gathered over decades should be celebrated!
Yeah 30 is the new 20, 60 is the new 40, etc. Age is all in your mind. People are living longer, healthier lives and it's time that the word old no longer be applied to people or things. A lot of things get better with age - wine, cheese, people. I wouldn't redo my teens or 20's again if someone paid me lots of money to do it. I love where I am now and where I am going. When I was down about getting older, a friends mother looked at me and said "you're still here!" I hold onto that every day. I'm still here...
I love this artical! It is so true! My Mother is an amazing example of the "new" old. If you ask her how old I am or how old she is, she says, "I am only today". (Yoda said this). She is still VERY active, she wrote a book that is being sold on Amozan & she travels promoting her book. She has always been VERY creative, but lately she is excelling with energy, high hopes & manifesting her life long goals & dreams.
I believe she is doing SO great because of her possitive atitude. She has great health & is an insperation to me & all she meets. A truly amazing woman!
Thanks to Spark People for your wonderful "work". You are helping us all!
I've certainly wanting to explore the definition of "old" now that I've hit 5-0. I want to set goals for the next 30 years for health and livability.
It would be great to interact with the "older" set to learn the things that have kept them challenged and growing through the years. -- I know an item that kept my great-aunt going until age 95 was her "green thumb" and growing things no matter where she lived!
My m.i.l. is 68 and bed-ridden in a nursing home with morbid obesity and diabetes and a host of other ailments, all life-style related according to doctors. My mother is 91 and lives at home and still gets around to do some cooking and cleaning and other daily-life type activities. She has always practiced moderation. I can relate to both of them, and I take inspiration from both of them. We are all role-models for someone. I am 52 and walk, hike, run, lift weights, and other activities. I have modeled an active life-style for my children. I have fallen down in that department in terms of my eating habits, but those have improved greatly, thanks in large part to SP. I figure I can get old while sitting around, or I can get older while moving around - I choose to keep moving and am very grateful I can.
I'm 62 and I recently heard that 60 is the "new 40". Sounds great to me and I'm stickin' to it!! As I was zooming down the ski slopes in Breckenridge a couple of weeks ago, I was feeling more like 35. But then I looked in the mirror and wondered who stole my face???!! And then there are those mornings when you wake up so stiff.
Seriously...I do want to remind people that we don't have total control over our health. There are some folks who, b/c of genetics or just plan crumby luck, get sick...some seriously sick....through no fault of their own. Some were exposed to toxins in the workplace or through the military that they were totally unaware of or unable to prevent. Some were born with physical issues that make it almost impossible to maintain a "normal" weight. We must be VERY careful about being judgmental. BUT...to the extent that WE can do anything to give our own bodies a chance at a healthier existence...then WHY WOULDN'T WE??? That is the question I keep asking myself when I'm tempted by juicy hamburgers and delicious french fried onion rings or delectable double chocolate chip ice cream waffle cones!!
I have several older friends, in their mid to late 70s and into their 80s who are very active, still climbing mountains (literally!) and waterskiing and kayaking and carrying firewood (some still cut it!)They are a total inspiration to me. But the people who are even more of an inspiration are some of those spoken about earlier, who have been saddled with a difficult diagnosis and still are grateful to God for all of their blessings and manage to use their trials in life to shape themselves into having a more Christ-like character and continue to live life in the best way they can, loving and caring about others. Jo
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