Baby Boomers Can Ease The Aging Process Effectively With Attitude
As the swollen human mass known as the baby boomer generation moves from middle age into the senior years, this throng is becoming increasingly obsessed with the aging process, and more importantly, how to slow it down. It is safe to say that few of us want to age, but the boomer generation seems to be keenly interested in exploring ways to keep the effects of aging at bay for as long as possible.
Since no one has yet discovered how to prevent the clock from ticking forward, let alone getting it to slow down, one of the approaches gaining acceptance among boomers is to mitigate the effects of the aging process simply through taking better care of the mind and the body. In fact, it is now widely accepted that much of the process of aging begins in the mind and is controlled by a person’s belief system and thinking.
Not so long ago, it was generally felt that at about age 60 a person was over-the-hill and reaching the age of 80 was a remarkable achievement attained by few. But nowadays the overall cultural mindset has shifted in relation to how a given age milestone is viewed, and how altered ideas about the aging process dictate the sorts of lifestyle choices older people are making. Some are suggesting that 70 is the new 50.
Evidence of change in attitude about the aging process is being seen everyday in the sorts of activities in which older folks are engaging in contrast to decades past. It is no longer so unusual to witness people shrugging off the label “senior citizen” as they head to the gym, participate in marathons, travel the world, and even launch business endeavors though they are in their sixties, seventies, and even eighties. The fact is that swelling cadres of active elders do not think of themselves as suffering from old age, and have adopted an attitude that simply refuses to succumb to the traditional stereotypes and myths applied to the aging population.
Many in the baby boomer generation maintain that attitude is a key to fighting the natural aging process. While nutrition and physical activity have an enormous impact on how a person ages, if a person holds a strong belief that they are in their old age, they are much more likely to experience negative effects from aging, and will be more likely to exhibit the kinds of medical setbacks commonly associated with senior health.
But, just as a healthy lifestyle is not enough to counter the aging process unless accompanied by positive beliefs about maturity, it is also not enough to simply sit back with nothing more than a wish to stay young. The real power in anti-aging comes through a combination of taking steps to safeguard health, and believing that the age shown on your driver’s license does not inhibit your ability to live life to the fullest.
Of course, slowing down the aging process is also greatly facilitated by simply eliminating behaviors that are unhealthy and which are known to cause health problems leading to debilitation. Some of these are smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, eating an unbalanced or high-fat diet and heavy alcohol consumption. Even a small amount of daily exercise can help in the anti-aging battle as well as eating fresh vegetables and whole grains whenever possible.
Getting sufficient sleep has also been shown to be very beneficial in helping people move through the inevitable aging process gracefully. In addition to a positive mental attitude regarding aging, making healthy lifestyle choices and getting enough sleep, it has also been suggested by experts that keeping your mind actively engaged and continually learning can also enable baby boomers to cope well with their anti-aging obsessions. So, get to work on those crossword puzzles!
Robert Knechtel, who, himself, is chronologically advantaged, writes frequently about the aging process and maintains a blog about aging called AgeNotes.Com.
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