Are you aging or “getting old” … Boomer Bloggers!

Its time to start rethinking the “Obsolescence of Value” because of Age!

Statistically speaking, it is amazing how many are aging on this planet – right now! In many countries on our planet, almost one third of the population is over the age of 50.

Take the United Kingdom for example: in a report called Later Life in the United Kingdom (released August, 2013), the one third percentage holds true. There are more people aged 60 and above than there are under the age of 18.

55% of those surveyed considered themselves in the getting old category. They believe age discrimination exists, and that as you age, you are treated more as a child and they feel the country fails to make good use of the skills and talents of older people. In many countries this is a universal truth.

Let’s look at another country. According to the United States Census Bureau’s World and USA population clock there are roughly 316,500,000 citizens in this country (right now). And the largest age group in that number are those that are 50 and older! More than 100 million! Do the math!

In the two largest countries on the planet, China and India the aging populations are (the research was a little more complicated) in China, there are roughly 194 million people over the age of 60. This number is predicted to increase to 440 million by 2050. India, according to the India Demographics Profile, has approximately 150 million over the age of 50.

In Russian, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America we find the same number of increased aging statistics. We are living longer, everywhere. But we haven’t changed our mindset on how we view older humans. It’s long past time to do so.

The aging human being brings a wealth of experience and potential wisdom to the mix. Many who are retiring are still active and I believe with the right incentives would continue to play a role and involvement in the workforce, their local community and country. In turn giving them a purpose that would strengthen their own resolve to stay healthier.

Remember, these numbers aren’t going away, in fact they are increasing daily. This substantial group of people could make a positive difference in the economic climate we currently find ourselves.

What can we do?

Let’s start with how you view yourself or an aging relative or friend. Mindset is everything! Getting old seems to imply being sickly, incompetent and needy. Certainly that is true for some, but not the many … Not yet anyway!

The dynamic potential that would happen by encouraging a re-emergence from the talent, knowledge, and experience of the “aging population” is unimaginable and (which btw is responsible for many of the technological creations and advancements being used today by us all) … so very doable and possible!

Think about it!

~ Penny

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Aging Well – The Fountain of Youth, Part 5

Laughter

Yes, the 5th and final secret of Aging Well is Laughter. Another simple thing it would seem. Yet in a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland, they concluded that laughter may have beneficial effects on the heart. Other studies have already been shown that laughter is in fact beneficial to every operating system in the body.

There are those who can speak of laughter better than I so I’ve gathered a few quotes from people you will find very knowledgeable on the subject of laughter.

A day without laughter is a day wastedCharlie Chaplin

 Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand Mark Twain

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the godAlbert Einstein

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. Bill Cosby

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. Friedrich Nietzsche

Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain Charlie Chaplin

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.Groucho Marx 

You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. Stephen King 

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection – Yakov Smirnoff

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

Laughter is inner jogging. Norman Cousins

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effectArnold H. Glasow

 I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that Linda Ellerbee 

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities Jean Houston

She knew what all smart women knew: Laughter made you live better and longerGail Parent

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plansWoody Allen

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!Charlie Chaplin

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you winMahatma Gandhi

I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday. W.C. Fields

A day without sunshine is like, you know, nightSteve Martin

And last but not least, by one of my favor songwriter/composers – George M. Cohan, Always leave them laughing when you say goodbye.

Laughter is the greatest gift we are given in life. For longevity I recommend huge doses every chance you get. All my best to all of you who follow – Laughter, truly the best medicine of all, Penny L Howe

Aging Well or The Fountain of Youth! – part 1

Today at the river!

This is a 5-part series on being young (thank you Chris9911) I’m hoping my readers will enjoy! There are 5 things that keep us young in life. Most important is our attitude about ourselves and our body.

The human body’s function of aging is about several kinds of things going on all at once. The mechanisms of the body (circulation, functioning of organs, hormonal activites, movements of skeletal and muscular structure and the synaptic energy of emitted thoughts and emotions from the brain) See wasn’t that easy (insert the word “huh?” here).

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For most of us our body will do what we ask or need it to do subconsciously (blinking, processing thoughts,digesting food [burping lol], but what many of us aren’t aware is we have the capability of having much more control over the bodies functions than we are realize.

When we emote negativity the body feels it and becomes more sluggish. When we encounter tragedy or some other strong emotional event in our life we are at our greatest risk for illness (proven fact). When we are really happy, on the other hand, the body responds to that also and (believe it or not) your immune system becomes a little more capable of doing a better job for you.

So if it sounds like I’m saying we can accidently (key word there) make our bodies weaker with a negative attitude (BINGO) that is exactly what I’m saying! I am not saying that we can think ourselves well if we are sick, I am saying that with the right attitude we can improve the environment in our body so that our body wants to help itself get better.

Which brings me back to attitude and the aging thing. At a certain age people begin to start complaining about the various physical complaints in their body (usually it’s because they are less physical and perhaps some of their dietary habits aren’t what they could be. So I begin to hear these people say, “I’m getting old” with a million verbal variations on the theme.

This usually begins somewhere in the 40’s and progresses from there. Folks I gotta tell you, you are talking yourself into aging because your body is paying attention to what you are thinking and saying and your body obediently obeys the message you are sending to it (whether you are aware of this or not).

Some of the most vibrant and exciting people I have ever known are in their 80’s and 90’s+ and the thing that separated them from the flock of “over-the-hill” “old-timers” is they saw themselves as young and lived accordingly!

Simply put the greatest thing going for youthful longevity is the attitude you have about yourself, your body and how it ages! And I am a living testimony to that fact!

I am 65  yrs old, I have lived through disease, pain,the tragedy of multiple loss of loved ones and my attitude is still fundamentally unchanged – Live long and Prosper!