Health & Wellness

7 Inspirational Ways to Embrace Aging

by-Jennifer Wegerer

Aging brings with it good and bad. Putting the spotlight on the good and inspirational can help us shift our thinking. Instead of feeling that the best years are behind us, we can enjoy where we’re at and look forward to where we’re still meant to go.

 

We’ve heard the saying that age brings wisdom. According to a study from the University Geriatrics Institute of Montreal, it’s true. Years of life experience make older people less afraid to make mistakes. And older people use their brains more efficiently than younger people.

Of course, youth still has its perks. We see them every day on magazine covers, in movies and in ads for products (and procedures) that help us look younger. But no matter how much we might be able to cover up or conceal, we can’t make ourselves younger. Nonetheless, it doesn’t make aging any easier.

Changing Our Perspective on Aging

So how do we embrace aging instead of fear it? It takes perspective. Consider these ways to feel inspired by the years to come.

1. Create bonds

Being close to at least one special person or staying in touch with family and friends can help us feel that we matter for what’s on the inside instead of the outside. Having that sense of support lifts us in times of struggle, making us feel loved and at peace.

2. Make an impact

If it means something to you, it’s a cause worthy of your support. Children, animals, the environment. Making a difference to someone or something gives us a sense of purpose and inspires to do more.

3. Respect your body

Accepting our “imperfections” helps us become more open to pleasure and enjoying what our bodies can doinstead of what they can’t. It’s also important to stay healthy, meaning we should keep up with doctor visits, have ourselves screened for illnesses as recommended and keep an eye on changes to our bodies that could impact our wellness.

4. Create

Projects or activities that allow us to express ourselves provide a sense of self-fulfillment and release. Whether it’s painting, writing, building something or another creative project, it should be a practice that challenges us and that we enjoy.

5. Stay Physically Active 

Exercise helps us maintain balance and flexibility, which prevents falls and allows us to keep up with everyday activities. Plus, we’re more prone to illness as we age. Healthy aging provides for a better quality of life.

6. Stay Socially Active

Commit to regular social activities. Coffee gatherings, walks with friends, community groups, whatever interests you is worth the commitment. It also helps motivate you and adds structure to your day.

7. Share Stories

It’s important to take pride in our experiences, and share with others our distinct perspective and skills. Passing down traditions can become a lost art as families spread across the country. Seeing value in what you’ve done and what you know can help build a legacy.

Embracing the Inevitable

It’s easy to fear aging. But it’s out there, waiting for us. Embracing it, although challenging, would seem to be the clearest path to making the most of the years that lie ahead.


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Dan
8 years ago

I am a widower for a second time in life. I could not understand at first why God would allow me to be in this position a second time in life but realized through scripture God uses all situations in life to refine us. I also have many people come to me with their problems realizing I can be of help to them because of what I have been through and that I am a Christian. My situation has opened up many opportunities for the gospel, something God has shown me I need to be available to do and should be the calling of all Christians. I have come to realize our nations problems are a direct result of we as a nation rejecting the living God and that this nation was blessed by God from the beginning of its existence. We need to return to our Christian values if we ever hope to return to the blessings of God as a nation.

michelle
8 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Dan I could not agree with you more about the state of our nation. I am single mother of a 12 yr old and I am so worried about his future. I am finding myself in a state of hopelessness more and more when I look at this world.

LORI
8 years ago

I AM A WIDOW OF THREE YEARS, I DONOT LIKE OBAMA IN ANY MANNER OR HIS POLICIES. I PRAY DAILY FOR GOD TO GET HIM OUT WHEY BEFORE HIS TERM ENDS. I DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, CANNOT AFFORD IT, BUT ALSO DO NOT WANT OBAMA CARE! IF YOU ARE NOT DEAD, HE WILL MAKE SURE YOU GET DEAD BY HIS HATE POLICIES. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A SMALL AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE POLICY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND REMEMBER (JESUS ALREADY PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR HEALING) GOD HAS HEALED US, WE JUST HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE IT! I CAN TELL YOU WHERE AND HOW TO LEARN THAT, GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO BE SICK, THAT IS WHY HE SENT JESUS TO PAY FOR ALL SICKNESS AND SIN, SO IN THE NAME OF JESUS IT IS ILLEGAL, BIND THE DEVIL WITH YOUR WORDS, DECLARE THAT YOU ARE FREE OF HIM AND SICKNESS AND THANK GOD IMMEADIATELY FOR BEING FREE. PAY NO ATTENTION TO HOW YOU FEEL, THE HEALING WILL TAKE PLACE IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH AND RECEIVE IT! IT SOUNDS SIMPLE BECAUSE IT IS, THAT IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T GET HEALED. FAITH AND LOVE COVER ALL THINGS, GOD IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS GOOD, NEVER BAD. HE ANSWERS ALL PRAYER IF WE KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE IT! WANT MORE, CONTACT ME FOR THIS INFORMATION!

Rob
8 years ago
Reply to  LORI

First let me say that this is not my opinion. This reply is what the Bible teaches. The Lord Jesus has paid the price for a believers healing that is true but it may not be in this physical body. He answers prayer according to his will. He may choose not to heal me when I get sick. If He doesn’t, as He told Paul, He says, “My Grace is sufficient for thee.” Does that make God not good? Of course not. The Bible says, He is working all things together for my good! One day when this old flesh dies I will get a new body and that is my ultimate healing! This idea of having enough faith to believe in physical healing in this flesh is nonsense. The Bible I read does not teach this. Can God heal my present body? Of course He can, but He may choose not to. This is what my Bible teaches.

KATHY
8 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Very well written and is what the Bible teaches.

Donna Eszlinger
8 years ago

Having just turned 65,, and watching how so many people fear getting older,, I feel that this is what we have been dealt,, I am lucky to be here and alive,, I have lost several friends, much younger then myself,, so feel blest that I can still do what I am doing,, I have some health issues,, but need to keep active, so my arthritis doesn’t get worse. keeping the mind busy by reading sewing,, cooking,, and doing what my body allows, plus have an open mind so we don’t get stale in our thinking.. life is good,, this is the day the Lord has given me..

very good article, about keeping oneself healthy, and young at heart..

boldaq
8 years ago

I watch as millions of college students, hippie-types and other useful idiots are swept up in the mindless Ferguson marches/riots led by communists and every other left wing organization in the country and I wonder; why aren’t conservatives out in the streets protesting the wholesale slaughter of 1.3 million babies per year by Planned Parenthood? Why aren’t we laying down in front of traffic to protest creeping communism? Why do we let CNN and the lame stream feed us nothing but left wing propaganda day after day after day? Why aren’t we protesting to demand that our phony, feckless President do something to protect the annihilation of Christians in the mid-east by jihad nutballs? Why aren’t we demanding that Democrats stop creating racial unrest to achieve their goals?
The only reason this continues is that good men do absolutely nothing.

Marlene Langert
8 years ago

I had to smile when I read Diane’s coomment because I, too, keep my mind active by getting involved in politics ever since Obama was running for president and also commenting on many sites on line with the knowledge I have acquired by living a long life and getting involved in many areas on the way. I still attend classes and go out socially and am closer than ever with my kids(Husband is deceased). However, I feel, for we older people getting involved on line is a great outlet and we are trying to let people share our wisdom so we know who Obama is and try to get rid of him and his ideas. I am different than Diane in that I am proud of being an old lady. It took a long time and a lot of living to get here. I pray I am not finished yet. I would like several more years of stating my opnion and affecting my grandchildren.

By getting involved I have changed my opinion on a couple of things. First, I am now mostly against abortion. In past years , we did not know how quickly a baby forms. I used to be for it, but not any more. The second thing is immigration. I am first generation American and love this country so very much. I am so grateful to be American as were my parents who had experienced the pogroms and the bolsheviks in Russia as children. I wanted everyone seeking a better life to be able to come here and strive for that as my grandparents and parents did. However, now that I realize that terrorists are also crossing the Mexican boarder and that those in the United States need the jobs, I have changed my mind about that too. My families came here legally. I do not like rules and regulations such as Obama has put in place now for our businesses and schools, etc But he is doing many illegal things too numerous to list here at this time.

Sp as we grow older, be flexible inyour opinions, but stand strong in your principles, stand up for your rights and teach your grandchildren why you have those principles. They can decide for themselves if they agree or not as they get older!

Dianne Hastie
8 years ago

Because of my conservative inclinations I feel rightly justified to comment frequently on Facebook. Some young liberal called me “old lady” the other day. I ignored her. But to set the record straight I may be outrageous, and you can call me that – but don’t ever call me an “old lady”.

Marlene Langert
8 years ago
Reply to  Dianne Hastie

Diane, Be proud of being outrageous. I am . When my now 22yr old granddaughter was about seven , she said to be,”Ema, you may be embarrassing at times, but you surely are fun!”

Ivan Berry
8 years ago

“Embracing the enevitable” also encompasses the end of life, both for self and for others who may be loved.
Following all or all that are able to be performed of the above suggestions may make a difference in how one feels day to day, but without preparation for the end, yours or other’s, the task is incomplete. Do you know how and where you will be put to rest (the final resting place)?
In the meantime, you could comment on articles and voice your opinions on AMAC’s webpage.
You could let your government representatives, both locally and state as well as national about your preferences.
This could be a useful as well as stimulating exercise. It could help keep the brain active without those brain games that seem such a waste of time anyway.
Study your nation’s history from many perspectives. Notice how things have changed, some for the better, some worse.
Use that wisdom the years have provided to continue to make a difference in your world.
Reach out to the youth and share stories/ concepts in ways that relate to them and their lives.
If health will allow and ability is sufficient, run for local office to make improvements in how your community is run.
What is objectionable in the above, though, is that some of it seems to be what many of us were objecting too on jobs of the past: make work. That could keep you busy, but there are other things that could make you useful, both to yourself and to others.

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