New Year’s Revolution: Positive Aging is a New Paradigm

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Fill in the clock face to see if you are ” at your age,”

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!

The 60s and 70s women playing in Florida in 90 degree heat. You go girls!
The 60s and 70s year old women playing in Florida in 90 degree heat. You go girls!

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!

Remember, this site is Richly Aged…and loving life!

Pam

writers@richlyaged.com

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Dixie and Pam started our blog richlyaged.com 09/16/16. Our blog provides information for anyone interested in Positive Aging and planning for a happy and fulfilled life after their career. Information includes, active adult activities, travel, stress management, health, happiness, relationships, where to live, how to explore and Learning New Things.

7 thoughts on “New Year’s Revolution: Positive Aging is a New Paradigm”

  1. Hi Meg:
    Dixie and I both appreciate and agree with your wise and insightful comment. If not now, when? Indeed! We too, love this time of life and treasure the opportunity to live authentically focusing on what truly matters. And you’re right; it’s not all sweet. There is some pain, too, but it’s all LIFE, and I couldn’t agree more that love is at the center of it offering the chance to make the world (at least our little part of the world) a better place. I recently read some research that said the age at which people register the highest level of happiness is 82. Whoopee! That gives us a few more years to perfect your version of “elder-ness,” and I think it sounds like a pretty good place to be. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

  2. I came to Florida because it held a promise of a more healthy life style. More outside activities., healthier air quality. !20 miles,coast to coast with new air coming in off the gulf from a less industrialized countries. So easier on the lungs. But, having come from a stressful life, I made it a priority to live as stress free as possible . Rule #1 If you invite stress into your life then you have earned it so make every effort to avoid it. Best wishes for the new year and may your book be a success.

    1. Hi Bob
      Thanks for your comment. You are so right about inviting stress into our lives. We need to avoid it as much as we can. And I agree with you, too, about the healthy lifestyle in Florida. I feel 10 years younger when I cross the state line! I love being outside all year, and I love getting all that sunshine – even when it’s so hot in the summer. Best wishes to you, too, for a healthy, prosperous new year!

  3. Very interesting points here, Pam. Ageing is changing through nutrition, exercise, and better medicine, they keep redefining age. Isn’t 50 the new 30 or something like that? Well, I’m sticking with that as I am now 50 and feeling fabulous.

    I figure “at your age” will always be ten years older than me!

    I found your blog through a comment you left on Michael Hyatt’s page. So I guess responding to blogs works!

    I haven’t been as active as I should be on my blog. My last entry, I am ASHAMED TO SAY was July! But it’s almost 2017 so I’m going to get back to it. I write about mental health issues – particularly treatments for chronic depression and anxiety. These are conditions of great concern to those who are richly aged: they are increasing in every age group, but particularly in those over 50.

    Check me out – but leave it for a week or so, as my blog needs updating 🙂

    http://www.susumaihouse.com

    1. Jackie: Thanks so much for your comment. 50 is a great age! You know exactly who you are, and you’re at the perfect age to enjoy it. Our blog is new, and though we know a lot about our topic, we’re still novices at all the technical parts of blogging, and we’re thrilled to get comments! I’ll wait a week and then check out your blog. Your topic is such an important one. Happy New Year!

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