Growing Old Gracefully
Today the average duration of human life in the United States
is just about 70 years for women and a little less for men.
Conservative experts believe that man is really build to last
about 100 years; and that medical advances and more healthful
living habits could bring this about within a generation or two.
What good is it to add years to life if we do not also add life
to years? In fact, unless people learn to enjoy life and to
grow old gracefully, the extra years may be an additional burden.
From 18 to 30 years is roughly the period of highest physical
and mental vigor. The experiences we accumulate from the day we
are born help us to conserve and to use our physical and mental
abilities more wisely, so that for some time after 30 years we
are able to perform increasingly well in spite of slowly slipping
vigor. After age 50 the increasing accumulation of experience is
no longer able to offset the now more rapidly energy and therefore
aging begins to assert itself noticeably and in many ways.
A number of things may come about gradually such as people who have
not used eyeglasses before may at some time in their forties need
them for reading, and in the fifties they usually need bifocals.
Also in the forties, people are likely to put on weight because
there is a general slowdown in the oxidation rate of the aging body
tissue. Also we tend to do less strenuous work with no reduction
in the amount of food consumed.
And in the fifties there is likely to be some loss of hearing.
Usually the high-pitched tomes go first, so words with the sounds
of F, S, and TH are confused. A hearing aid may be needed in
Aging is generally accompanied by a loss in physical and mental
flexibility. This is noticed in a tendency to become stiff in the
joints; in slower comeback after a strenuous trip, excessive “night
life,” or hard work; in slower healing of wounds, sore muscles,
and sprains; in slower recovery of pep after an illness; and in
greater difficulty to adjust to new people, new places, and new
Men, especially, will notice loss of muscular strength. There will
be increased unsteadiness and delicate muscle movements will be more
clumsy and the stride in walking will become shorter. The conclusion
now is that the performance and ability of the elderly has long been
underestimated and can be greatly improved by a proper diet, sleep
and exercise along with rest and relaxation.
Many elderly people tend to lose their joy and will to live and
chronic worriers may mope around and withdraw. Medical authorities
now say that laughter is one of the best medicines for the elderly.
You can always keep your sense of humor tuned up by surrounding
yourself with pleasant and interesting people. Just act your age
and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself even when no else is around.
Now that we all know the role that physical activity plays in our
lives, remember to do something physical every day. The joints must
be used or quite simply they will tighten with age creating that
stooped worn out appearance we so often associate with getting old.
Keep yourself flexible and fit on an exercise program consistent with
Lab Test you should have done each year
- Coenzyme Q10 2.5 – 3.5 mg/L
- Vitamin B12 500–1300 pg/ml
- Vitamin D (test in autumn) 60- 80 nmol/L
- Pregnenolone hormone 195-225 ng/dL
You can order the above test here
Supplements for keeping joints pain free.
- Hyaluronic acid
- MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
- Chondroitin sulfate
- S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
- Fish oil
- Water 4-8 glasses a day