You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be. 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 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.
Decide what to age well mean…
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength,” says Betty Friedan, an American writer and activist. Unfortunately, few people view the concept of aging as a time of “opportunity and strength”. Instead, aging brings on new demands, unknowns and fears. Illness or loss of a spouse, accidents, failing health, dwindling finances, unpleasant side effects of certain medications, poor eating habits, sleep deprivation, diminishing eyesight or hearing become the new stressors along with joint pain and muscular imbalances. These changes are compounded b…