“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.”
It will be another big day for me. I start mine by joining my wife at the doctor where we will receive some wise council on how we can ensure that we age as gracefully as we can. Aging provides its challenges but can be managed with adjustments, medication and a sense of humor. In our case we also have some older children nearby who make our lives much better than they would be otherwise. So life goes on and still offers us enjoyment.
Here is an article from the Boston Globe that pretty much describes my effort to slide comfortably into the years ahead,
10 tips to help you age gracefully
By Karen Weintraub
When it comes to aging well, most of us already know what we need to do: Exercise, eat right, get a good night’s sleep. Don’t smoke or drink heavily.
Just as important, doctors say, don’t wait to start taking care of yourself. The good news is the same regimen that helps your heart also benefits your brain, mood, metabolism, and even skin. Aging gracefully isn’t rocket science. It just requires energy, stamina and motivation.
- Exercise regularly – A minimum of 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week, will keep your heart young while improving your figure, mood and brainpower.
- Eat a mostly Mediterranean diet -Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Cook with olive oil instead of butter.
- “Sin” less – Don’t smoke. Limit drinking to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.
- Sleep – Getting less than 6.5 hours at night puts you at risk for a host of physical and mental problems.
- Take care of mental health – Middle age is time to get rid of emotional baggage that stresses you out.
- Control blood pressure – High blood pressure today sets you up for dementia later.
- Eat your vitamins – The best way to get vitamins and minerals is from a well-balanced diet.
- Keep friends close – People who maintain broad social networks as they age have higher scores on intelligence tests and lower rates of dementia, studies show.
- Learn something new every day – The more you challenge your brain, the better it performs, studies suggest. Better to learn varied things, and participate in group activities.
- Avoid diabetes – Uncontrolled diabetes can thin the brain’s cortex, increasing risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Again, diet and exercise are the best prevention.
Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
Diary Entries of a Young Woman on a Cruise Ship:
MONDAY: What a wonderful cruise this is going to be! I felt singularly honored this evening. The Captain asked me to dine at his table.
TUESDAY: I spent the entire afternoon on the bridge with the Captain.
WEDNESDAY: The Captain made proposals to me unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
THURSDAY: Tonight the Captain threatened to sink the ship if I do not give in to his indecent proposals!
FRIDAY: This afternoon I saved 1600 lives.
Teenagers express their burning desires to be different by dressing exactly alike.
Defendant: Judge, I want you to appoint me another lawyer.
Judge: And why is that?
Defendant: Because the Public Defender isn’t interested in my case.
Judge (to Public Defender): Do you have any comments on the defendant’s motion?
Public Defender: I’m sorry, Your Honor. I wasn’t listening.
“I like to pick up hitchhikers. When they get in the car I say, ‘Put on your seat belt. I want to try something. I saw it once in a cartoon, but I think I can do it.'”
Myron and Molly make a rare appearance in synagogue. It’s probably true to say that they are not the most religious of Jews. In fact they only go to shul two or three times every year – and this is one of those days.
At the end of the service, Myron shakes the Rabbi’s hand and says, “Molly and I both thoroughly enjoyed your service today, Rabbi.”
The Rabbi replies, “It’s nice of you to say so, Myron, so why don’t you and Molly come here more often?”
“It’s difficult,” replies Myron, “but at least we keep the Ten Commandments.”
“That’s really good to hear,” says the Rabbi.
“Yes,” says Myron proudly, “Sadie keeps 6 of them and I keep the other 4.”
People count up the faults of those who are keeping them waiting.
My friend asked his father-in-law, a crop duster, how his day had gone. “It was the worst day of my life,” replied the man. “This morning I was up in my plane dusting a field when I nicked a power line and damaged the wing on the plane.
When I got back to the office, my boss chewed me out. Then the guy from the FAA chewed me out.
“On my way home, I stopped at a bar and was handed a warm beer.
So I yelled at the bartender, “Don’t you have any cold beer?”
“The bartender said, ‘Sorry, but we’ve been out of electricity all day ever since some idiot crop-duster hit a power line down the road.'”
“I plan to put off reading ‘Lolita’ for six years — until she’s eighteen.”
John, a neighbor of mine, was annoyed because he had to search for his newspaper each morning after the paperboy tossed it. Often he would find it, covered with dirt, under the car in the gravel driveway.
Then one day the paperboy’s mother mentioned that her son’s ambition was to play professional basketball.
John had an idea. When he got home, he attached a basketball hoop to a post on the front porch. Sure enough, the next morning there was a resounding “plunk” as the newspaper sailed through the hoop and landed by the door.
John never had to search for his paper again.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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