Growing old is for everyone – yep, even you – so it could be a good idea to prepare for that time. You think you’re always going to be as young as you are now, but it doesn’t work that way. While 70 might seem a long way off, you’ll get there soon and have no idea where the time went. Here’s what you can do to ready yourself. It’s all about attitude: never think of yourself as old. As George Burns said, ‘You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old’. Then there’s looking after yourself: you only have one body. A great deal of your experience of ageing ‘gracefully’ will revolve around the state of your health – physical, mental, spiritual. Make sure you’re prepared by:
– Maintaining fitness – gym(ing), lifting weights, walking, keeping your legs strong by doing squats.
– Strengthening your core muscles so you’ll avoid falling over and breaking anything – yoga is great.
– Quitting smoking.
– Stopping sun worshipping and always wearing sunblock.
– Encouraging friendships.
– Avoiding eating junk food. You be the one who decides what goes into your mouth.
– Getting to a good weight for you and staying there. Overweight oldies experience all sorts of extra inconveniences.
– Taking care of your mind – exposing yourself to high-quality things and meditating daily.
– Looking on life as lightheartedly as you can. Smiling a lot! Living the worst-case-scenario life by asking yourself when you’re feeling ‘low’, will this matter in five months or five years?
– Stopping being a worrywart. As Mark Twain said, ‘I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened’.
– Using what’s available to improve the quality of your life – sight and hearing tests, regular dental checkups, financial planning, etc.
While you’ve probably heard the saying, ‘Old age sucks’, but by preparing now, you’ll find that it doesn’t suck nearly as much as you thought it would. (By Dr Neil Flanagan)