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Thinking Faster, Higher, Stronger

At times aging seems like an Olympic sport. Successfully maneuvering through this time of life depends on a certain amount of preparation, perseverance and endurance. It can be a Herculean effort that requires not a little confidence.

“Perhaps two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived to the age of 65 are alive today.” Peter Peterson’s, Gray Dawn, points out some sobering statistics about the aging of the world’s population and its impact on society.  It’s unchartered territory.

And that’s what makes preparing for the “golden years” such a challenge.  This many people living this long is a relatively recent phenomenon. Never have so many faced this situation. And it is creating a lot of angst for individuals and planners.

By what standard do we qualify as old?  Read more…

Age No Reason for Self-Image to Suffer

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There are points in life when you just feel crummy.  Not so much physically downcast, but ineffectual, worthless, even blue. It’s not uncommon for older adults to experience bouts of low self-esteem.  But, we don’t have to take it on the chin.

Conventional wisdom accepts self-image as forged by three intertwining factors: how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how we think others see us. It would seem a delicate balance susceptible to a variety of life factors.

“Older adults may be experiencing a change in roles such as an empty nest, retirement and obsolete work skills in addition to declining health,” notes Richard Robins, PhD, who has been studying the sharp decline of self-esteem among seniors.

Self-image and health go hand-in-hand.  “Self-esteem is related to better health, less criminal behavior, lower levels of depression and, overall, greater success in life,” according to one study’s lead author, Ulrich Orth, PhD, as reported by the American Psychological Association.  And that’s the catch-22: declining health contributes to low self-esteem and low self-esteem drives diminishing health.  Read more…

Olympic mindset contributes to feeling youthful

iStock_000017756584Small“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”  This maxim for life is inscribed on a tin plate that has hung on my office wall for years. It’s a thought-provoking kick-in-the-pants that jolts me out of occasional mental stupors induced by the complaints of aging that try to get the better of me.

The potency of youthfulness is once more center stage at the 22nd Olympic Winter Games.  And while the speed, grace and acrobatics of the world’s top competitors might seem to be out of reach for us ordinary folk, the vivacity of youth on display in Sochi can’t really escape anyone with the right attitude.

The Olympic motto, “Faster, Higher, Stronger” is a high ideal that speaks more to mental acuity than physical prowess. Dr. Doug Gardner of ThinkSport Consulting Services, says, “In reality, sport is 100 percent mental. Our thoughts influence our actions and our actions influence our thoughts.”

Taking it a step further, spiritual explorer, Mary Baker Eddy contends, “Thought is the essence of an act, and the stronger element of action.”  Read more…

Olympic state of mind: Celebrating youth at any age

The potency of youthfulness has never been more center stage than during the 30th Olympiad.  And while the speed and acrobatics of the world’s top competitors seem out of reach for most of us, the vitality of youth on display in London can’t escape anyone with the right mindset.

Slower, lower, wimpier. The antitheses of the Olympic motto, these weary conditions often framework the complaints of aging.  Growing old is a growing problem.  Does it have to be?

Fact: Half of all the people on the face of the globe that have ever reached the age of 65 are alive today. Longer lives are often accompanied by a diminishment of vim and vigor. The creeping limitations of physical and mental maturity can have a devastating effect on the quality of life and they are impacting a broadening segment of the world’s population and the healthcare systems that serve the elderly.

And despite the commercials repeated over and over linking pain and decline to aging, experts are now questioning that assumption.  Read more….