From the time we are young girls, we are taught that our looks determine our worth. If you are lucky, you learn early on that this is simply not true. Unfortunately, I have found that many of us suffer from equating our worth with our looks well into our golden years - which to me, is really, really sad.
Redirecting Aging is choosing an aging path that is different than that often portrait by advertisements you see on tv and social media where aging adults are needy, having multiple chronic medical conditions and taking medications and drugs, incontinence pads, assistive devices, scooters, etc. that just flood the tv channels distrupting your viewing pleasure and other media. All these things maybe needed at one point in our life, however many may also be avoided until very late in life.Aging by itself does not cause a decline in function
Our ability to perceive where we are and how we should respond to changing sensory conditions during our daily lives is heavily dependent on (a) the amount and quality of information we receive from our peripheral sensory receptors and (b) how the brain organizes and integrates that information once it has reached the central nervous system (CNS).
I will never forget the day in my late forties when I noticed that I wasn’t filling out my clothes the same way I used to. As an avid exerciser I knew I was slowing the process of muscle loss, but my shape was definitely changing-I was losing the "fullness" in my muscles. My anatomy was not the same—and sarcopenia was the culprit!
Active aging, being physically active, exercising regularly and staying engaged in life are important in the maintaining our function, health, fitness and perfomance. But, face it, when we get older, the body is changing and the exercise program we have been doing may not be appropriate when to maxizing function and fitness is the goal.
A recently published book, “70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade,” has inspired many women in their seventies to take a closer look at how they are doing and how they make the most of the years to come. With a quarter of American women age 65 expected to live into their 90s, there could be quite a few years to think about.