'The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.' (Doris Les)
You cannot escape the advancing years. The best things are the oldest, things that have endured and stood the test of time. Life is made up of good, bad and indifferent experiences. Learn to esteem life and you will reach the pinnacle of wisdom. A blessed old age ends happily. With the coming of old age is the acquisition of true wisdom. The later years of life are wonderful. Gray hairs are revered and length of years is honored.
We should learn how to age gracefully. The old myth was somehow after age 60, 65, there is just nothing you can do. There are lots of things you can do to improve your function and your health. Even if you suffer from limited mobility there are books to read, watch TV or listen to music. You can teach your grandkids how to cook, sew, knit or crochet. Keep a vegetable garden. There are so many things older people can do. Focus on what you can do and not so much, what you can not do.
If you have friends you have known for years contact them and get together once in a while. If you don't have any friends, make some new friends.
Check your attitude. You do not have to complain always. People like to be around happy people. Put a smile on your face and stop complaining. Celebrate life. Don't just hold on to your memories; share them with friends and especially with your family.
Exercise can improve your health and help you to keep away from chronic diseases. Exercise helps control your weight, lower your blood pressure, and strengthen your muscles, which in turn make you less likely to fall .Physical activity has also been linked to a decreased risk of dementia.
If you can keep your weight down, you will decrease your risk of Diabetes .But older adults need not go to a gym, or do rigorous workouts. Instead, mild activities, such as walking, gardening, or anything to keep moving would be sufficient. You have to exercise enough so that you're not obese, but not too thin, so that you have reserve. Your muscles tend to shorten and stiffen if you are not active. Stretching activities such as yoga will help improve your flexibility.
Preventive measures, such as getting vaccinations, medical checkups, screening for breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancers are also important for growing old gracefully. Keeping an eye on other diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes can also make a difference. Decreased stress levels, by engaging in spiritual activities such as meditation, may be beneficial. Studies suggest that happily married couples and optimistic people live longer. They are less likely to develop certain chronic conditions, such as cardio vascular diseases.
Old age is the golden harvest of life opening us to the light, life and love-giving forces of the Heavens. So, enjoy ageing gracefully.