With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit... But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple."
Warning by Jenny Joseph
What IS Healthy Aging? Since I not TOO long ago had one of those LANDMARK birthdays (?65?), it sort of got me THINKING...WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? It gives me a chance to address this whole growing older thing!
- As far as I can tell, we have only one other alternative (raise your hand if you're NOT aging!)
- Except for nights when I sit down after a 14-hour day, I still FEEL like I'm 27!
- Who thought they could be cute and replace MY photo with some OLD lady's?
- In my office I have 2 magic wands: one that makes you INSTANTLY 10 years younger; one that lets you INSTANTLY lose 10 pounds...REALLY!
- If you stay active, moving, reacting, and adapting to whatever is next, aging is not a disease; as Marilynn Preston says, "It is an adventure!"
- Decide to learn every day-I always told my children to learn something from every person, every experience, even if it was a lesson in what not to do.
- Eat appropriately. Your body, your skin, your mind will react poorly to junk, but serve you well when properly fueled. There's no way most of you would treat your car the way you sometimes treat your body.
- Take getting older as evolving, maturing. Adapt to those changes and get better!
- Test your limits. Allow yourself to experience not only the mundane and everyday part of life, but also the extremes, the highs, the lows; otherwise, how will you ever know the difference.
- Understand that you are your own best caretaker. No one else can do it for you!
- Tell yourself that we do not stop playing because we grow old, but grow old because we stop playing!
- Aging is not optional, being "old" is! NEVER assume that what life hands others is what you must accept!
When I am an old woman, I WILL wear purple, maybe even as part of my hair color.
Linda Cook BS, CPT 937-369-7363 cell 937-748-9905 office email@example.com