What is aging today when 50 is now midlife? In reality we begin to age from the day we are born, but most of us don’t consider ourselves old until we reach a certain milestone—such as 20, 30, 40, or some later decade birthday. We may feel older when we are faced with some health challenge, such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, or maybe we don’t even notice the passing years until one day we look in the mirror and ask who is looking back at us. Regardless of our definition of aging, the good news is that we can do a lot in order to age gracefully.
To begin, we can start to take individual responsibility. We can respect our bodies by caring for our hearts, lungs, minds, bodies and spirits. We can care for our teeth, skin, hair, hands and feet. We can watch our weight and eat healthy food. We can challenge our minds and nurture our souls. We can make an enormous difference in the quality of our lives by doing just a few things to improve our overall health.