Thursday, March 26, 2009

What Positive Agers Know

Positive Agers know the difference between growing as you become older and simply growing older.

They know that successful Positive Aging isn’t about adding years to your life; it’s about personal growth and making the most of what life offers under any and all circumstances.

Positive Agers also know that it’s not about dodging every bullet; it’s about avoiding frailty by cultivating a healthful lifestyle that enhances physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

Cultivating various aspects of Positive Aging prepares them to meet the inevitable challenges that come with everyday life— challenges that seem to increase over time.

They know that wear and tear can’t be completely defeated, but becoming worn and torn can be. Positive Agers know how to face infirmity with flexibility. They know that the facts of physical aging dictate that their sense of well-being must lie beyond the limits of their bodies, even as they struggle to live in them.

“Old age ain’t no place for sissies,” according to a quote from Bette Davis.

It’s an adage that rings true, because there’s simply no substitute for courage in creating a positive lifestyle. But you need more than that. To be a Positive Ager, you need a sensible strategy and effective tactics to develop and maintain optimism, hope and perseverance. In the final analysis, Positive Agers know that growing as they become older is vastly preferable to simply growing older.

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