When I had my last physical, I was given a test for Alzheimer’s. It’s the first time I’ve been asked to take the test. I had to draw a clock face and remember some words.
When I asked my doctor about it – after he gave me my usual hug and told me I looked tired – he said, “Well, at your age . . .” Sitting in that tiny examining room, I was gobsmacked. “Oh, my gosh! I’ve reached that age!”
How old is “at your age?”
You know the one I mean. It’s the age where we’ve finally begun the steady decline from active and valuable adult into the stereotypical inactive and worthless old person. At first I was terrified, and then I was furious!
At my age, huh? My doctor is 36, but as a trained professional, he should know better!
At my age, I have the time to do research about aging, so I can tell him that people my age tend to be happier than at any other time of our lives. That we’re much less likely to be clinically depressed and much more satisfied with our relationships.
There’s a new definition of aging out there, and the medical profession should get with it and realize that holding positive views of aging has an actual beneficial effect on life expectancy (not to mention just living happy lives).
According to a recent study, a positive view of aging can add 7.6 years to your lifespan. That’s more years than you get from having low blood pressure, low cholesterol, not smoking and forgoing exercise – which add only a puny two years.
You don’t have to take my word for it.
New research brings us a new paradigm for aging. Don’t buy into the idea of unavoidable decline.
“The good news is that holding positive views of ageing has a beneficial impact on people.”
In fact, make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to promote the new and happier stereotype about growing older which values the years we’re now enjoying as one of the very best times of life. I know I’m going to remind my court opponent, Phyllis (age 89), that she should be acting older the next time she whips me at tennis!
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