We all know of senior citizens who play ball, ski, run marathons, and work out religiously well into their 80’s. We tell them they don’t “act their age.” But of course, they do. They are 70 or 80 years of age but have managed to stay very active and are in great shape. They laugh – disdainfully actually – when you tell them “they don’t look 80.” That’s because they don’t have any sense of chronology. Through good genes, some luck, a lot of hard work, and great motivation they do what they love. Similarly, many of these people often continue to work in their chosen field well past what anyone would call a retirement age.

At the same time, there are many others who, for whatever reason, cannot play sports or do the same kinds of activity even if they wanted to do so. They may have health problems, injuries, or other limitations. They may be equally motivated and live a normal life despite these limitations. They also just may not enjoy physical exercise or exertion and prefer a more sedate life. Some may be disabled and have been for some time so they’ve chosen a different path for themselves, one that allows them to do the things they enjoy without physical restraints.

So when we are speaking with our aging parents one of the key factors to consider is the degree to which they want to and can be active. Then you can help them reach that level. Come to think of it, when we're thinking ourselves about how we plan to live the rest of our lives, this might be a pretty good way to view it.

4/6/2012 12:13:26 pm

Actually when a person is happy mentally, he has free from aged effects.

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Bart Astor
4/9/2012 12:21:02 am

Thanks for your comment. Sadly, age can affect us even if we're happy. We may still suffer hearing loss, poorer eyesight, longer recovery times, and even dementia. All effects of age. But you're right that a good attitude can help minimize them and give us great perspective.

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4/11/2012 06:07:50 pm

I think it is a nice post about levels of activity of seniors. Thanks for your post.

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