Di Patterson’s Top Ten Tips for Success In Aging™
Based on Research Studies of the Last 5-10 Years
ONE: Love yourself enough to take care of yourself. Aging well begins and ends with LOVE. Love is the key to living well at any age. When you practice loving YOURSELF enough to take good care of YOU, you will do the things necessary to become happier and healthier every year of your life. You will have success in aging!
THREE: Laugh. Laughter is a natural stress-reducer. Stress oxidizes cholesterol, but laughter releases chemicals in our bodies that drive away pain and fear, two negatives usually associated with old age. Laugh often. Even better: laugh with friends. Friendship is the flagship of positive aging!
FOUR: Exercise and keep your feet in motion. This is a two-parter: daily exercise and daily foot health are extremely important in old age. Read about mobility and balance issues at: www.rwjf.org. Some other benefits of regular exercise are: less depression; increased alertness; clearer thinking; improved ability to handle stress; a positive mood. Daily stretching exercises are a must in aging well.
FIVE: Feed yourself well. Learn about antioxidants, phytonutrients, and essential fatty acids; consume them everyday! You can fight internal inflammation (the healthy body’s enemy!) by eliminating food intolerances from your diet. Go to www.alcat.com ; www.inflammationnation.com .
SIX: Be kind to yourself and get your rest. Rest has been shown to be vital to our bodies’ recuperative powers. Sleep enough; seven or eight hours at night, in a dark room. Studies have shown that melatonin, our body’s sleep hormone, is triggered by darkness. Lack of sleep contributes to heart attacks, high blood pressure and internal inflammation.
SEVEN: Floss your teeth. Dental plaque and arterial plaque have been scientifically proven to be directly related, with new research (2007) also linking Alzheimer’s brain plaque to dental plaque. Dentists agree that flossing once daily is crucial, but floss before bedtime to avoid “morning breath.”
EIGHT: Fight depression. Depression is the #1 illness of old age. Loss is all too prevalent in the aging process. Fight back! Seek grief resources at www.griefnet.org. When our grandmothers got lonely, they volunteered. Volunteer. Stay connected to other people who benefit from your presence. It will be a toss-up as to which of you will benefit the most. Ralph Waldo Emerson said,” Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”
NINE: De-clutter your space. De-mess to de-stress! Organization of possessions and papers will cause peace and patience to fill your life. Set your personal parameters for every task: “I can; I cannot; I will; I will not.” Hire a professional organizer at www.napo.net if it overwhelms you on your own. Fill your space with beauty, as beauty feeds the soul, and helps us see with new eyes.
TEN: Worship God. Research by major universities has revealed that people who practice their faith, read religious writings and are part of a faith community have better immunities and fewer heart attacks and strokes. Because we are made in God’s image, our value is immeasurable; it is the reason that old age is positive and valuable and good.
©Di Patterson, MSG, CPG “No one WANTS to age, but EVERYONE wants to AGE WELL!”