I'm finding far too many seniors are succumbing to the popular notion that age defines attitude. Who says you can't start a new business, begin to learn new things, or be adventurous when your decades number five or more?
Don't be down if you are up in age. Longevity centers in your spirit, not your chronology. Resist popular culture's notion that 65, the retirement age, is the end of your useful life. Retirement from a job doesn't mean your life is over. It is simply a time for a new beginning. Let purpose define your life not your age and you're closer to the truth.
Who is the oldest person you know or have ever known? What did he or she tell you about the ups and downs of longevity? Please share your lessons or comments learned in the comment section.
My Grandmother McCarthy died at age 97. Sure other people lived longer than Grandma, but few have had such a quick soft laugh and sense of humor – even after death.
A funny discovery came out at Grandma's funeral. She lied about her age. It all began when she met my grandfather. She was older than him by three months and she wanted him to think he was older. Her whole family was in on the scam. She was the eldest of eleven Kuhn children. Her youngest brothers and sisters (my father's aunts and uncles) were actually younger than my father. They're the ones who told my father at the funeral that her date of birth had the wrong year – she was born in 1900, not 1901.
At her 95th (96th!) birthday celebration, I remember her telling me, "If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have done things differently." She never did tell me what things, but I sense she had some regrets.
Along these lines, here is a quote on aging sure to get your crow's feet showing!
"If you live to the age of a hundred you have it made… because very few people die past the age of a hundred."
One the great benefits of grey hair, is that the older I get the more I see the hand of God at work in and around me. Of course, I'm asking for help regularly and am, therefore, expectant.
Dr. Wayne Andersen, Medical Director of Take Shape For Life, helped me learn new Habits of Health to not just prevent disease, but to move away from disease and toward health. Being at a healthy weight is essential to longevity.
One of the Gold Sponsors at the Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce is Florida Hospital. Penny Jones, their board representative, heads up the Healthy 100 program. Bravo to Florida Hospital because they're promoting the message that we can live to be a Healthy 100. Listen for the optimists and live a longer and healthier life.
I've found messages and the means to support my decision to live to be 100 years of age and healthy. I don't fret the small stuff because I have time. How about you?