September Celebrates the Upside of Getting Older

September is Healthy Aging Month and we decided that, because this is such a huge subject, we would include it in two weekly blogs. This week, it's all about cultivating a wellness attitude.

Next week we will include some tips for physical fitness. The good news is that, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup's new book, Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Well-Being, this decade's seniors comprise the largest and healthiest group in U.S. history.

"Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population (increasing at the rate of 75,000 people per year)," she said. She attributes many aspects of seniors' healthy lifestyles to attitude. "Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value."

Northrup states that our beliefs and thoughts are wired into our biology and they become our cells, tissues and organs, and that there is no supplement, diet, medicine or exercise regimen that can compare with the power of our thoughts and beliefs. Northrup and others like her are leading this healthy parade of seniors by encouraging a wellness attitude.

According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine, it's never too late to find a new career, sport, passion or hobby. The first of the magazine's Ten Tips for Reinventing Yourself during September is Healthy Aging Month is:

  • Do not act your age, or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it's positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself.

Experts also agree that an important part of staying well, particularly for seniors is keeping active and having a social support network. Another great tip from Healthy Aging Magazine is:

  • Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land line or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer, take a class, invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner or coffee." Read more tips here.

To help keep the wellness parade moving, Belleruth's post, Ten Juicy Tips for Age-Proofing Your Brain, is packed with information about the many things we can do to maintain our cognitive functioning.

As always, we love hearing from you and we welcome your stories and comments. What was your best year?

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."--Albert Einstein

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