We have all heard stories of the 85+ seniors who have more energy and health than a 22 year old college student and as much as we consider them lucky, there are always a few common factors in each story that we can apply to our daily life.
“My sister is an exception. She is 97 on August 9th. She goes to the gym, practices yoga, swims and drives and works in the hospice. She loves being a senior. She lives in an assisted living home, no cane, no walker. Her 97-year-old body takes care of her and she takes great care of it. She has good genes and, more importantly, a good attitude and loves her day-to-day life and HERSELF.
Using the title senior, I make an exception “at the movies.” The best ticket in town is a senior ticket, otherwise, I’m just who I am at any age. It’s wonderful to live a long life, but only if you live a life full of energy and have reflexes, that respond with no hesitation. You can have that life. It takes desire and dedication and, most importantly, a love of what you are doing.
I often feel like an oddity because my mind and my body are my prize possessions. I must have a dozen different kinds of exercises to activate the mind and body. Not because of the numbers ahead of me, but because I love doing them. Yoga, jump rope, languages, tango, trapeze, and memorizing multiple words. Repeating them backwards and forwards, it becomes a challenge and a game. I would love to encourage every person, not just old folks, but every one during their lives to engage themselves in this kind of interesting and positive living. They would discover a wealth of learning and doing what would delight and surprise them.”
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