UpGraded Senior Manifesto:

"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age." --- James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

"The idea is to die young as late as possible." --- Ashley Montagu (1905 - 1999)

Memo to Boomers . . .

OK, so we've reached our senior years (I'll soon be 70) - what now?

I guess we're supposed to "act our age," whatever that means.

If most of the advertisements, websites, books, and magazines targeting seniors are an indication, then we should be slowing down, picking out an assisted living facility, and trying to devise a reliable system to remember to take all the prescription meds that have been or will be prescribed for us.

That is the norm but it offers a bleak outlook for our future - lives filled with of aches, pains, loss of mobility, failing memory, and ever-increasing infirmity.

Maybe I'm a heretic, but something doesn't seem quite right with that model of aging. I think I'll stumble down the road less traveled.

Bob
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  • Lawyer - Retired
  • Amateur Triathlete - Retired (Mostly)
  • Proprietor - UpGraded Senior

"The biggest myth about aging is that we can't do anything about it. That it's a road to being decrepit, frail, and sick." --- Suzanne Somers

​Why Don't We Try This . . .

I believe there are better options for our "Golden Years" and I hope some of you other senior heretics will join me here at UpGradedSenior.Com and help me explore them. 

WORST-CASE SCENARIO:

Nothing changes and we still experience  aches, pains, loss of mobility, failing memory, ever-increasing infirmity, and we fade and wither dismally with age. (Dang!)

Conclusion: No worse off! (At least we had some fun between now and then.)

BEST-CASE SCENARIO:

We live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives, transform our senior years into  the best years of our lives, and pass boldly into that other world when the time comes.

Conclusion: Game On! Count me in.

OK, let's wrap it up with a reality check. The longer we live the more likely we are to experience various infirmities, and ultimately we die. There seems to be no way to avoid these harsh realities.

But, we don't have to be willing participants in our own decline, and we certainly don't have to engage in behaviors that accelerate the process.

There are many infirmities that can be avoided entirely (if we know how) and many others for which the rate of decline can be slowed - sometimes substantially. Yes, there's a lot we can do for ourselves to change how we experience old age.

Why wait to act until motivated by a health crisis, and even then resort to solutions requiring little or no effort (prescription drugs and/or surgery rather than lifestyle changes)? It's the shortest and most certain road to the infirmities associated with age.

Take the road less traveled. Join us at UpGraded Senior and let's explore an alternate reality. Remember, aging is not optional but age-related decay is.

"I shall be telling this with a sigh 

Somewhere ages and ages hence: 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I . . . 

I took the one less traveled by, 

And that has made all the difference. " 

--Robert Frost

"Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life."

--Kitty O'Neill Collins

“Most of what we call aging, and most of what we dread about getting older, is actually decay. That's critically important because we are stuck with real aging, but decay is optional. Which means that most functional aging is optional as well.”

--Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light." 
--- James Joyce (1914 - 1953)

The Clock's Running, So It's Decision Time . . .

Blue Pill Or Red Pill?

"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."  (from the movie, The Matrix)

PS: New subscribers are treated to a little something I put together for your edification and amusement entitled, "Would You Do These 5 Simple Things to Add Years to Your Life? " After you confirm your subscription you'll receive an email from me with the pdf file attached. It's not much really, just a small welcoming gift discussing 5 unusual ideas you probably haven't heard before that might keep you alive a few more years.

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