5 Ways to Age Zestfully

Positive Aging
(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.







Women, Erotic Literature and Aging

Young Man Hiding Red Roses Behind His Back

“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?