I was going to title this post ‘Aging OK’, but some recent events changed my tune a bit.
On with the post –
I was reading one of the gillion articles out there on aging, looking younger, etc. I am not down with the whole idea of ‘looking younger’. I have always been open about my age which is almost 70 (my candor may have been detrimental at times in this ageist society). I am fine with looking ALMOST 70. No one will confuse me for a 60-year-old, but I also hope that no one thinks I am 80 either! 😊
Back the article, ‘10 things that make you look and feel older than you are’. I like this one a bit better, because the focus isn’t exclusively on looking younger.
Here are the 10 things:
- Being out of style (no pastel sweatshirts embroidered with flowers or birds)
- Sleep deprivation
- Being grumpy
- Never trying or learning anything new
- Isolating yourself
- Being a couch potato*
- Lying in bed most of the day
- Being negative
- Holding onto anger
I like all of these tips and think they make sense.
I, on the other hand, have a family history that is now coming home to roost and making me feel older than I am (and probably making me look older too)! My dad died from colon cancer and suffered from macular degeneration in his later years. I hoped to avoid both! So far, no luck!
I just had what I hoped was my last colonoscopy and had a precancerous polyp removed. I am glad it is gone, but it means at least one more colonoscopy in my future ☹. And I saw my optometrist and he found some early macular degeneration. Thanks Dad for both!
So, what’s next?
I am now taking AREDS 2 for my eyes. I am trying to adhere more closely to a Mediterranean diet and increasing my fiber intake which hopefully will be helpful to prevent colon cancer and stabilize my vision. According to this article by a Registered Dietician, good nutrition isn’t necessarily a silver bullet!
*The one thing I am totally committed to is daily exercise! The American Cancer Society recommends 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity/week. I am trying to walk 45-60 minutes each day.
Exercise is roughly the only equivalent of a fountain of youth that exists today, and it’s free to everyone.S. Jay Olshansky