Every time I passed this woman sitting in her wheelchair outside of her room, she gave me a very odd, piercing look that seemed to reek of hatred. It briefly stressed me out just to see her. She was one of many wheelchair-bound residents of a combination nursing/palliative/hospice care facility that I was visiting on a regular basis for personal reasons.
There are two cheesy clichés that I repeat to my 63-year-old self on an almost daily basis: “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better,” along with “remember, age is just a number.” These two clichés fit snugly within my positive aging mindset, forming numerous psychological, philosophical, sociological, and spiritual perspectives.
With a view on bolstering such good thoughts, I recently read Thomas Moore’s newest book, “Ageless Soul: Living a Full Life with Joy and Purpose.”
Follow these mandates or grow old ungracefully. Not following these mandates simply increases the odds of becoming a burden. You don’t want to be confined to a miserable existence. It’s obvious that a healthy path will make you more alert and active—as well as a much happier and vibrant person overall.
In a departure from all the aging-related articles, this piece features a mini tour of worldwide data published by reputable organizations who show us the real world.
Here are nine insights on aging from the continuously growing body of books and research I’ve been moving through:
The Hippie movement during the late 60s and early 70s impacted my way of thinking and who I have become. Unfortunately, however, Hippies have always been labeled as “dirty, long-haired, sexually deviant, druggies,” to the dismay of many people like myself who saw the better side of Hippie culture as one of peace, tolerance, anti-materialism, and free-spirited harmonious living.