My Favorite Quotes on Aging

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My Favorite Quotes on Aging

I love quotes. Here are fifteen of my favorites on aging or getting older.

“Growing old is not for sissies.” – Bette Davis

”Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

“Everyone is the age of their heart.” – Guatemalan Proverb

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” – Satchel Paige

“You’re never too old to become younger.” – Mae West

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”. – George Bernard Shaw

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." -Betty Friedan 

“It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.” – Bridgett Bardot

“There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look for it.  For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.”  – Unknown

The time to begin most things is ten years ago.” – Mignon McLaughlin

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art." -– Eleanor Roosevelt 

“At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don’t care what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven’t been thinking about us at all.” – Unknown 

“When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day.” – Marty Bucella 

“Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning

Do you have a favorite quote about aging? If yes, please share it with me in the comments section. 

Embrace your Age

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Embrace your Age

“Everyone is the age of their heart.”  - Guatemalan Proverb 

Do you desperately try to hide your age?  Or attempt to reject your age? Or consider old age a nuisance or an inconvenience? If you do, just think of the alternatives. If you’re not a part of this world, where would you want to be? Better still, what would you be doing?  Whatever your age, it’s yours. And, it’s something to be proud of! So, embrace it. Be proud that you’re still in a position to be of service; to enjoy life; and to make a difference – in some small or large way. It’s impressive, attractive, and empowering when you fully embrace your age –whether you are 50 or a 100. Why go through all the hassle of pretending that you are 5, 10, or 15 years younger than you are. It’s a waste of time, and it’s burdensome. And, at a certain point, you sometimes forget what you said the last time you were asked or when you volunteered to give your age. I am not at all ashamed or afraid for people to know how old or how young I am for I am grateful that I have lived this long; look and feel this good. My gray hair has become my brand. My way of telling the world that world that I am confident, fearless, and proud of who I am; and that I fully embrace who I am. 

 No matter what life has presented you, these really are your best days. So, embrace your age. Tell the world if and when asked. It’s ok to tell your age even if you’re not asked.  

The Key to Longevity

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The Key to Longevity

 Is there a specific formula for living a long, healthy, and productive life? No. There is no specific formula. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, there is no evidence "that particular foods, supplements or other substances have anything to do with our living to extreme old age."  I contend, however, that while there is no specific formula, there are at least two factors that can be attributed to one’s longevity: attitude and lifestyle.

According to a small survey commissioned by Evercare, a company that specializes in coordinating care for senior health, American centenarians (people 99 and over) have a few things in common. And, all are – directly or indirectly – related to lifestyle and attitude. While the focus of the survey was centenarians, I think the same or similar conclusions can be drawn about octogenarians (80 to 89 years old) and nonagenarians (90 to 99 years old). Here are the findings. American centenarians are:

  • Plugged into popular culture. Nearly a third have watched a reality TV show, and 27 percent have watched MTV or music videos. One in seven has played a video game. 
  • Six percent have been on the Internet, and four percent have listened to music on an iPod. 
  • Eighty-two percent said their dietary habits had improved or stayed the same as compared to 50 years ago. 
  • Only 23 percent said they have ever smoked. On average those who quit did so 41 years ago. 
  • Have a favorite memory. Twenty-eight percent said their wedding day, followed by 13 percent citing the birth of a child, and 13 percent their 100th birthday. One said his favorite memory was "when I learned to fly at age 76." 
  • Thirty-four percent said the person they would most trust to tell the truth would be their priest, rabbi or preacher. 
  • Seventy percent now live at home, either alone or with a spouse.

The survey further concluded that: centenarians are forward-thinking, open to new experiences, eat generally healthy foods, don't smoke, have strong religious faith, and cherish their independence.

Do you know any octogenarians (80 to 89 years old), nonagenarians (90 to 99 years old) or centenarians? What are some of their lifestyle habits; their attitude? Better still, are you an octogenarian,   nonagenarian, or centenarian? Please let me hear from you.

Attitude and Aging

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Attitude and Aging

  "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain 

One of the great truths about aging is this: you must change the way you think about it.

You don’t have to get old simply because you are aging chronologically. Aging isn’t something to be avoided at all cost, especially when you consider the alternatives. It isn’t about lost youth, creaky joints, aches and pains, memory/hearing loss or something to be avoided at all cost. It’s about a new stage of life which offers new opportunities for change and growth; an opportunity to try new things, go new places, or simply to experience a more confident YOU. 

Contrary to what some may think, when you enter middle age, your best days are not over; they are just beginning. Life has settled down….the children are out of the house and own their own (hopefully)….

savings are intact (hopefully)…the career/job is stable…less stress or you have learned how to better cope with stress… you are more comfortable with yourself and have a better idea of who you are and what you want. This is the stage of your life when you can prepare for a do-over –i.e. if you want it. This stage of your life presents another opportunity to excel – to change your life; to start a new career; to do YOU. 

As you enter the last phase of your life (over 60), are you preparing to live or to die? Do you spend your days planning for tomorrow or reminiscing about yesterday? 

As with all things in life, attitude is everything. What is your attitude about aging?