#NaBloPoMo – Day Fifteen of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge
Attitude to Aging
Many think that old age is around 60 to 65 years of age, which really is not, but in saying that, you can be old at fifty if you are in poor health.
What is the definition of growing old?
The boundary between middle age and old age cannot be defined exactly because it does not have the same meaning in all societies.
People can be considered old because of certain changes in their activities or social roles.
In New Zealand the age for the Super (which is retirement) is 65.
Physical changes as life continue in the human body is different with everyone, so let’s look at some of the ways of what can happen.
- There is often a general physical decline, and people become less active.
- Old age can cause, wrinkles and liver spots on the skin, making you look older than you are.
- Change of hair colour to grey or white, (though sometimes you can have grey hair quite young), my youngest son had grey appearing in his hair when he was twelve, now in his forties, 2/3 of his hair is grey, whereas his older brother at fifty has no grey hairs at all.
- Then there’s hair loss.
- Not hearing too well.
- Diminished eyesight.
- Slower reaction times and agility.
- Reduced ability to think clearly, difficulty recalling memories.
- Greater susceptibility to bone diseases such as osteoarthritis.
All of these signs can happen at any time of life, not only in the elderly.
So really it is the attitude to ageing, it is not how old do you feel, or how old is old.
As long as you can still find the humour in life every day, then you are not old.
As far as looks go, in the last year, I have wrinkled considerably, but I still feel young at heart.
I have a youthful outlook on life and hope it continues for many years, thanks to my grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Loss of independence will make me became old, that’s up to me, because, with the right peace of mind, I know when I can no longer live on my own, my body will tell me.
I agree that you are only as old as you feel, another way to think of it is, you are only as old as you think you are in other words “it’s all in your mind”.
Just my thoughts, if you have good health, exercise, keep your mind busy, rest when you are tired and not push your body when it is telling you to slow down, you may live to see your 100th birthday or more.
Just remember you only get old when you stop seeing the good side of life, so let’s grow old together and laugh with lots of smiles to everyone we see.