Anti aging guide

Three ways to approach aging



How to approach aging in three ways

There are three ways to approach one’s aging. And it is all about a matter of choice.

  1. Bemoan its arrival and pay a great deal of attention to every change that aging brings.
  2. Accept the notion passively that getting older is better than the alternative and do the best one can.
  3. Try actively to overcome the facts that the body is deteriorating and the mind is not as fast as it used to be and try to do as many of the things one wants to do.

People usually draw from one or more of these possibilities at various times and in varying amounts. The people who age most happily draw most frequently from the last choice while occasionally and inevitably lapsing into the first two. They know that aging brings many negatives that they wish were not happening. They understand that they are lucky to have relatively full possession of bodily and mental functions. They try to persevere and use all their coping skills even in adversity. They know that time is probably short, and they have an enthusiasm that helps them get as much out of their years as possible, despite the deterioration that is evident.

This article is about understanding some aspects of aging and about coping better in the later years. It is about removing stereotypes and seeing older people for their diversity, strengths, and weaknesses. It is also about facing up to the some of the problems inherent in growing older. The concept of lifelines, helps us value the assets of relationships, experiences, and personal qualities that we accumulate over a lifetime. The topics of depression and dementia point to the need to differentiate aspects of normal aging from disorders that impair functioning in later life and to do as much as possible to limit their impact on successful aging. Depression, one of the most common medical illnesses, is also one of the most treatable.

We are just beginning to understand some aspects of dementia. Until we know more about the causes of and possible treatments for these disorders, we cannot be lax in our care for those whose lives are touched by this catastrophic problem.

It is about growing older and wiser. Although the two do not necessarily always go together, if we remember and value our lifelines of relationships, experiences, and inherent capabilities, if we learn to cope better and even enjoy our later years, in spite of the deteriorative aspects that may lie ahead, we may be able to both grow older and be wiser.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - June 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm