Is Deep Aging Possible As A Positive Process? Weekend Thoughts for Elders

By Donald A. Collins | 12 February 2022
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One has no choice but to confront deep aging, which I define as an unlisted number dependent upon one’s health and life circumstances.

A recent Wall Street Journal article—one of many—which repeats the fact that “retiring” is not in the traditional definition operative for people of good health. And longevity is increasing.

And the complexities of retiring involve many factors such as where to live, do you have enough money, are you in the right frame of mind. I approach this complex subject with only one main objective: Making as many healthy, stress-free days as possible.

Time magazine offers a good list for one’s guidance.

Here are my ideas about be deep aging optimist:

Let’s review some key elements in maximizing your chances to positively deep age, which my case is only 91.

1. Luck—no fatal encounters. But keep repeating a healthy daily routine!
2. Reasonable health girded hopefully with access to excellent medical care.
3. Family support—friends are often great, but not as obligated.
4. Daily Physical exercises. I have a standard routine which works.
5. Daily Mental challenges. Reading, writing, and reaching out to people.
6. Daily dietary and sleep routines. Perhaps the most vital of all activities.
7. Willingness to adjust to inevitable limitations.
8. Feeling what you do every day is important.
9. Okay—we are not at our sexual peak, but don’t forget to hug your wife, partner or any other one you feel close to, as saying I love you never goes out of style!

Easy? Not impossible but requiring constant attention.

As virtually everyone I talk to, retiring to sit on the beach or watch TV, is not operative if your goal is healthy and productive (statistically increasing) longevity, so saddle up and keep riding high!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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