Good Things Happen As You Grow Older
It's true: You get better with
The older you get, the better you get. This may be a
cliché, but it's true.
According to the detrimental model of aging, as you
get older, your health and your mental abilities
necessarily decline. But we're now able to challenge
that. Virtually everything we've previously thought
about growing older has been wrong.
All the recent information on aging is good news.
A combination of diet, exercise and attitude
determines how well a person functions in old age.
Ninety-year-old muscles get better and bones don't
break if you use them. Arteries enlarge if you take
care of them. Even the brain stays sharp if it's
used. Excluding people with Alzheimer's disease,
research shows that aging does not necessarily
result in memory loss.
Aging is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we have a
negative attitude about aging and expect the worst,
the worst will come to pass. But age itself isn't
what locks us into a limited lifestyle; its how we
age that's important.
The future holds many opportunities as you age. Here
are some of the qualities you gain as you grow
Experience and perspective
Younger people have a narrow perspective on life and
can be overwhelmed when crises arise, even viewing
them as insurmountable hurdles. But older people who
have experienced hard times realize difficulties
usually are just temporary bumps in the road.
As you age, you have a greater capacity to see the
whole picture rather than just part of it. The older
person has been young before and knows what it's
like, whereas the young person doesn't know what
it's like to be older.
The older you get, the less self-conscious you
Pleasing yourself. You make choices to please
yourself, not others.
Your ability to manage stress improves with age. You
are better able to cope with the adversities of life
and you become surer of yourself.
Attitudes about aging
There's a younger attitude among older people these
Today's 60-year-old is very different from a
60-year-old in the 1940s.
Time to enjoy life
Many younger people are in a big hurry because they
feel the need to see so many things and to
accomplish so much. An older person already has
fulfilled many of these needs and can enjoy life at
a relaxed pace.
Less anxiety about death
Young people are afraid of dying because it's not
But as you age and live a long, full life, you can
reduce that anxiety.