There are three ways to tell a woman’s age: her neck, her hand, and her shoes. The neck and hands you can do little or nothing about, that’s just nature taking its course. You, however, control your shoes.
Neck. If a wrinkling neck bothers you, find ways to take some of the attention off the neck – both mentally and physically. For example, you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone; and ignore it. Or you can follow my lead and wear scarves. I wear scarves more and more every day. Not only does a scarf take the attention off the neck, it can add pizzazz to a humdrum outfit.
Hands. The hands are a dead giveaway. There is literally nothing you can do about aging hands. You can’t hide your hands. You can, again, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone; and work with what you have. This might mean something as simple as regular manicures (I do my own); and keeping your hands moisturized. Regularly, I treat my hands and nails with extra virgin olive oil. And, I mostly wear clear nail polish.
Shoes. You have complete control over the shoes you put on your feet…from athletic wear to dress wear. No “old lady shoes” for me! However, even for me, there’s a time and place for “old lady shoes”. If you don’t know what “old lady shoes” look like, just Google “old lady shoes” and check out the images. How similar are these images to the shoes in your closet? When it comes to your feet, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style; you can have both. There is absolutely no reason to let your shoes broadcast your age – especially if you’re one of those women who shy away from telling your age.
Take a quick tour of your closet; your shoe rack.
Think on this. By your shoes, what is your age? Are you sacrificing style for comfort?
Welcome to 2015! Resolve to: let your light shine a little bit brighter than it did in 2014… and have a stronger presence in your community. To do this, here is what I am suggesting.
- Exercise. You don’t need 1 or 2 hours, you only need 20 or 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, to see results. Shoot for cardio, balance, stretching, and resistance training. For cardio, mix it up – walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, biking.
- Eat and drink consciously. Be more aware of what and how much you eat and drink. Your food/drink choices can affect my body, mind, emotions, and overall well being – now as well as in the future. Making better food/drink choices isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Drinking consciously means adding more plain water to your daily diet.
- Volunteer. To add some real excitement to your life, volunteer. The benefits are too numerous to list here. Just know, however, that your community AND you reap tremendous benefits when you give the gift of your time and expertise.
- Listen more. Listen without interrupting, without giving advice, and without telling your own story. You can tell your story, later. Sometimes, people just want to be heard.
- Connect. Have one person you connect with every single day. This is especially important as you get older. It lets at least one person know that you are alive and well. And, it lets the other person know that they matter. Further, it demonstrates your commitment to being heard and seen.
- Be positive. Every day, resolve to do these three things to maintain a positive attitude: smile, focus on what you have not what you don’t have, and expect only great things to happen to you.
- Be authentic. Everything is easier when you are relevant, helpful, authentic, and “do you”. To “do you” is another way of saying, be yourself.
- Be thankful. Make thankfulness a daily habit. Each day is a gift. So, be gracious and grateful.
What are some of your plans for being heard and seen in 2015? Let me hear from you.
A friend shared the following in an email. Don’t know the author, researcher or scientist; or if there is any validity to this information. However, thought it worth sharing.
Brains of elderly people can be compared to a computer.
For those of us who are zestfully embracing the aging process yet concerned about our ability to recall people, things, and events, this little tidbit of information will give you some comfort – as least it gives me comfort; and brought a smile to my face.
- Brains of the elderly are slow because they know so much. Scientists believe the brains of older people only appear to be less speedy because they have so much information to access, much like a filled-up hard drive computer.
- So much stored information. Elderly people have so much information in their brain that it takes longer for them to access it.
- Older people do not decline mentally with age. It just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. Much like a computer takes longer as the hard drive gets full; humans take longer to access information. Researchers say this slowing down is not the same as cognitive decline.
- Older people simply know more. The human brain appears to work slower in old age because so much information has been stored over time. Selecting a correct choice from the trove of stored data may take a bit longer.
I don’t know if this is accurate information. However, it sounds good; and it makes me feel so much better. How about you?
(This is what positive aging looks like – ages 66 to 90.)
Don’t like getting older? Consider this: aging is a privilege many are denied. Since aging is inevitable, here are 5 ways to seize age; to grab it with gusto
- Zestfully embrace the aging process. Don’t fight it; embrace it. Contrary to what we may have been told, aging isn’t a disease to be avoided at all cost. It’s something to look forward to. If you don’t think so, consider the alternatives. You embrace the aging process by recognizing and accepting that negative things may happen to your body and your mind but they can only happen to your spirit – if you allow it. In zestfully accepting and embracing the aging process, you decide how you want to enter this phase of your life; the second half of your life. You decide if you want this phase of your life to be filled with fun, excitement, and the freedom to be who you are; a phase that is filled with unlimited opportunities and possibilities. Or, do you want it to be filled with trepidation, uncertainty, turmoil and regrets? Which one you choose is entirely up to you.
- Stay physically, intellectually and socially active and engaged. Over and over again, we have heard about the importance of exercise, mind stimulation, and being socially connected and actively engaged with family, friends, and colleagues. This is the cornerstone of aging well.
- Adjust your attitude. Aging well is all about attitude. Change the way you look at getting older, keeping in mind that aging is a privilege that many have been or will be denied. Consider yourself lucky.
- Never stop learning. Learning is a vital part of positive aging. You can never stop learning. And, thanks to technology, learning is so much easier. Technology makes your life easier, more comfortable, and it helps you to maintain your independence. With technology, the whole wide world is just one click away.
- Live with passion. Be passionate about something. Passion keeps you young in body, mind, and spirit. It gives a deeper meaning to your life. In some ways, it can keep you alive.
Are you grabbing age with gusto? Let me hear from you.
“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help.” – Laura Esquival, Like Water for Chocolate
The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has sold over 100 million copies, many to women over the age of 55. I think I am the only one of my boomer friends who has not read the book. However, after reading an article in the March/April 2014 issue of The Taos Institute of Positive Aging Newsletter, I just might revisit my reading list. Here’s why.
A team of Columbian researchers conducted a study that suggested reading erotic literature has a special power to enliven adults over 65!
According to these researchers, reading and discussing erotic literature had a positive effect on mood and overall wellbeing. During the yearlong study, adults over 65 gathered every 15 days in a university course to discuss the books they were reading from a list of suggested books that included Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence and similar books with strong erotic passages and themes.
The vast majority of the readers were women. Before the yearlong meetings, the women were evaluated on cognitive skills – including attention, memory, and narrative skills. At the end of the study, these diverse capacities had become stronger than before. The literature encouraged the group to share their own stories of romance, to express interest in others’ views and experiences, and to create an uplifting and light hearted atmosphere. Fewer participants expressed depressive thoughts at the end of the course.
Agree or disagree? Have you read any erotic literature lately? What kind of impact did it have on you?
Life is Simple.
Would you like to feel better about yourself and have lots of energy? Then, eat healthy food, get your sleep, exercise regularly, use positive words, and think positive thoughts.
Do you want to be able to walk and move more and faster? Then, walk and move more and faster.
Do you want people to see the best in you and give you the benefit of the doubt? Then, see the best in them and give them the benefit of the doubt.
Do you want people to show you more love and appreciation? Then, show them more love and appreciation.
Do you want to have more? Then, give more.
Would you like to be happy? Then, be happy!
Would you like to change your life? Then, change your life.
Life really is THAT simple. Agree?