When you’re the young and the restless, you truly believe image is everything. You do what it takes to have that fit-looking body. Then, when you come to the awareness that you have one life to live or all your children are grown-up and have moved away, your health becomes everything. You realize your health may be all you can depend on. You need the guiding light of wisdom to help you navigate this never-before-seen terrain of aging. On this terrain your health is your telescope that you will use to see your prospective self into the future. Therefore your health is your…

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Eating right and exercising aren’t the only things that factor into your overall health and wellness.

Even those in great shape have developed certain habits that can easily translate to sudden sickness or injury.

Here are eight unhealthy habits that everyone needs to get rid of once and for all:

1. Sticking to organic only

While buying organic has its benefits, it doesn’t always make a difference with certain foods, like eggs or avocados. Many people assume organic food automatically means healthier food. That isn’t the case. In fact, on top of being hi…

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Intentional Aging

You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be.[1] So you may as well go ahead and plan how you are going to age. Maybe you thought growing old was something beyond your control—“it just happens if you live long enough!”—but the truth is, you have a say in how you age. You can watch yourself grow old or you can be intentional and age well.

Experts[2] say there are four areas of your life you should focus on if you want to influence the way you age: health, autonomy, security, and happiness.
Health
Decide what to age well mean…

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I did a class called Rethinking Aging: Are you Prepared to Live Long? The last assignment asked us to write a letter to ourselves 25 years from now. I would be approximately 75 years.  So here is my letter to myself. I would encourage you to write also a letter to yourself 25 years from now. What would your life look like in terms of health, long-term care, savings/finances, home etc.?

My Dearest Etta,

If you’re reading this letter, you’re still alive, and you are now 75 years old! Dear God! What does that number mean?! Only you can tell me now, and I sure hope y…

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Life is cyclic and renewable.
Summer. The lakes glisten under the blazing sun. The ocean teems with fish. Flowers—red, yellow, orange, pink, purple—show off their colors. The green grass, fully awakened, at last covers the once-barren ground.

Fall. Green turns to hues of brown, auburn, orange, yellow. Fallen Leaves carpet the ground as the trees humbly surrender to time.

Winter. Temperatures plummet, causing us to run for cover. Life goes under to bring about her finest work. What seems like inertia is the mystery of life in action.

Spring. The grass returns. …

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