The House Bill Would Mean a Tax Hike for Millions of Seniors. Learn More

Reply
Highlighted
Respected Social Butterfly
Posts: 36,164
Registered: ‎02-27-2008

Re: How to Age Well

[ Edited ]
Message 1 of 4 (124 Views)

Epster wrote:

Amen!  Never too late to get started!

 

I know an 81 year old who trained on California's highest mountain pass last spring because he wanted to beat his previous recumbent bike racing times at the Huntesman World Senior Games. And he did it! Indeed, he took 4 minutes of his 2016 times.

 

I know a 70 year old who likewise this year took 3 minutes off his 2016 race times at HWSG.>>

 

All these feats, btw, are in the record books. It is never too old to get started in your quest to improve your health and change your life ... which is the same thing as aging well. Smiley Happy


Yes it is never too late to do what challenges "you".   Everyone should try and find what motivates them and pursue that "thing".   A person is much more likely to pursue a goal if it something they want and enjoy!

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
Treasured Social Butterfly
Posts: 4,917
Registered: ‎04-07-2015

Re: How to Age Well

[ Edited ]
Message 2 of 4 (150 Views)

Amen!  Never too late to get started!

 

I know an 81 year old who trained on California's highest mountain pass last spring because he wanted to beat his previous recumbent bike racing times at the Huntsman World Senior Games. And he did it! Indeed, he took 4 minutes of his 2016 times.

 

I know a 70 year old who likewise this year took 3 minutes off his 2016 race times at HWSG.

 

Then there's the 70 year old who raced fast enough this year to take the 20K time trial record away from the 65 year old who'd held it for 2 years. (This 65 y-o, btw, holds many 20K TT records across the US)

 

But the most incredible cycling feat from the Huntsman World Senior Games this year?  The 90 year old who took 15 minutes off the previous record for his age group. 15 minutes!!! 

 

All these feats, btw, are in the record books. It is never too old to get started in your quest to improve your health and change your life ... which is the same thing as aging well. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
Respected Social Butterfly
Posts: 36,164
Registered: ‎02-27-2008

Re: How to Age Well

Message 3 of 4 (192 Views)

Great article.  Points out the various aspects of life and that a true meaning of aging well includes a well rounded life!

 

I found this particularly interesting probably as I am still working and have enjoyed it!!

 

KEEP WORKING

To retire or not to retire? Studies show that people who keep working well into their 70s and beyond tend to have better health and stay more socially connected. But it’s tough to parse out whether healthy people tend to keep working or whether work tends to keep us healthy. Even so, most research supports the idea that staying busy, maintaining social connections and finding meaning and purpose in your daily routine are all part of healthy aging. Studies also suggest that the type of work matters. If you find work fulfilling and enjoy the company of your colleagues, you should consider sticking with it. If your job is backbreaking or high stress, consider checking out around retirement age — but make a plan for your second act. Volunteer or find paid work somewhere that will keep you active, engaged and give you a reason to get up in the morning.

Retirement itself isn’t a bad thing. Retiring after years of work can feel like a heady vacation at first. But eventually, not working can take a toll on mental health. One study found that the negative effects of retirement — defined as a range of depressive tendencies (such as lack of appetite, lapsed concentration, fatigue and so on) to clinical depression — start to appear after the first few years of ceasing to work.

The main benefit of work may be the social network it offers. A Syracuse University study found that people who continued to work past retirement age enjoyed an increase in the size of their networks of family and friends of 25 percent. The social networks of retired people, on the other hand, shrank during the five-year period. You don’t need to collect a paycheck to reap the health benefits of work. One study of school volunteers over age 50 found that volunteering was linked with better physical health and cognitive gains from interacting with children.

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
Respected Social Butterfly
Posts: 36,164
Registered: ‎02-27-2008

How to Age Well

Message 4 of 4 (194 Views)

How to Age Well

 

Getting older is inevitable (and certainly better than the alternative). While you can’t control your age, you can slow the decline of aging with smart choices along the way. From the foods you eat and how you exercise to your friendships and retirement goals — it all has an effect on how fast or slow your body ages. Keep reading for simple ways to keep your body tuned up and your mind tuned in. And the good news is that it’s never too late to get started.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-age-well

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith