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's a bleak outlook for the future - resigning ourselves to a life 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.
"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
I believe there are better options for our "Golden Years" and together with some other rebellious seniors who join in here at UpGraded Senior we're going to explore them.
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!
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: I'm game. 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 practices 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, but most seniors are tired and don't seem to be willing to put in the effort.
Most seniors are not sufficiently motivated to take measures to avoid the infirmities of old age. They wait to act until motivated by a health crisis, and even then only act long enough to avert the crisis.
UpGraded Senior is not for them. It is for seniors who are anxious to explore and learn, to put in the effort, and who understand that aging is not optional, but age-related decay is.
"When you find yourself on the side of popular opinion, it's time to pause and reflect."
"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.
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