There are many misconceptions about getting older.One of these is that older people inevitably will suffer from significant age-related decline in health.This is what many parents and grandparents of those now in their 60s and 70s were led to believe.With a lower life expectation they also seemed to be condemned to a short retirement in ill-health before death. Society and culture did not expect any more from older people. The stereotypes were out there with ‘pipe and slippers’ often the onlyreward at the end of a working life. Nowadays so much has changed and with good reason.Apart from people wanting more out of life the realisation has surfaced that in reality something can be done to prolong an active life.
According to the Lancet medical journal,about two thirds of the adult population in the UK does not take sufficient exercise and are endangering their health.The British Heart Foundation 2015 physical activity survey revealed that only 30% of over 75s meet a reasonable physical level of activity. These are astonishing statistics,and if we don’t use our physical ability to take reasonable levels of exercise we will eventually lose it.
In the UK and the US health authorities tend to agree that we should strive to achieve 10,000 steps each day equivalent to about 5 miles.The average person in the UK reaches around 3000-4000 steps daily according to the NHS( in the US this figure is said to be around 5,200 -5,900)
Only a few of the many famous quotes that have been recorded in any media can ,of course, ever get to be posted here.The following quote attributed to the great singer songwriter,Joan Baez, caught the eye as it has a certain resonance, as it inspires a theme – if it is given to you to decide how to live the rest of your life – I shall be following in an upcoming post in the very near future. Please do join me ,again,soon.
“You don’t get to decide how you’re going to die .Or when. But you can decide how you’re going to live now.”
This quote was spotted in Christine Webber’s inspirational book : “Too Young to Get Old”
1. Throw out non-essential numbers.This includes age ,weight, and height. Let the doctors worry about these. That is why you pay them.
2.Keep only cheerful friends.The grouches pull you down.
3.Keep learning.Learn more about the computer,crafts,gardening, whatever…Never let the brain idle.’An idle mind is the devil’s workshop’…
4.Enjoy the simple things in life.
A thought for the day, said to be attributed to writer Dorothea Kent:
“A man ninety-years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity.
“I reckon,”he said,with a twinkle in his eye ,”it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”