May
07

Don’t you wonder how some people just continue to amaze others with their energy and activities? Most of my Elder friends are far busier than most people I know and have full schedules. They are always eager to spend time enjoying life with me but I need to schedule time in between their other activities. However the most remarkable common characteristics I have noticed is they have no resistance to adversity. They have an ability to laugh it off and move on. This has resulted in my healthy attitude friends enjoying far better health than their similar aged friends who spend time worrying or holding on too tightly to the past.  One of my Elderly acquaintances has this tag line on the end of his email messages. “Worry is the darkroom where negatives are developed.”

My recommended prescription for good health is to hang out with any octogenarian or older who is experiencing good health and notice their attitude. Its almost like my puppy TedDi. “Oops, I got in trouble, sorry, now will you play with me? Wag wag, dance dance!”

Then notice the contrast of an Elder who is wishing they were still young or things were the way they “used to be”. Its a lot like my old dog Allie. “Oh poor me, I’m getting too old to be playing like a puppy, I wish you still wanted to play with me, I guess I’ll just go lay down in this corner by myself”.

The good news is: That old dog really does still want to play and with just a little bit of encouragement to spark her fire, she will join in on the fun.  The same goes for the Elders in our lives. Just ask them to tell a few chapters of their story and watch their health improve.

Helen, just turned 104 on Sunday and when I commented on her health she says she has always tried to look on the bright side of things. We started asking her some fishing and traveling stories and she got up and walked into the next room to demonstrate two sweaters made from the hair of a muskox! This retired teacher, who renewed her teaching certificate at the age of 65 because their was a shortage of teachers during the war, took the time and energy to teach me about a lovely animal I’d not heard of.

The even better news is: Those of us who are wondering what this aging process is all about have some very glamorous role models to follow! Just ask them to tell their stories!

Full of Life and Inspiration, Dorothy Mathis

However the most remarkable common characteristics I have noticed is they have no resistance to adversity. They have an ability to laugh it off and move on. This has resulted in my healthy attitude friends enjoying far better health than their similar aged friends who spend time worrying or holding on too tightly to the past.  One of my Elderly acquaintances has this tag line on the end of his email messages. “Worry is the darkroom where negatives are developed.”

My recommended prescription for good health is to hang out with any octogenarian or older who is experiencing good health and notice their attitude. Its almost like my puppy TedDi. “Oops, I got in trouble, sorry, now will you play with me? Wag wag, dance dance!”

Then notice the contrast of an Elder who is wishing they were still young or things were the way they “used to be”. Its a lot like my old dog Allie. “Oh poor me, I’m getting too old to be playing like a puppy, I wish you still wanted to play with me, I guess I’ll just go lay down in this corner by myself”.

The good news is: That old dog really does still want to play and with just a little bit of encouragement to spark her fire, she will join in on the fun.  The same goes for the Elders in our lives. Just ask them to tell a few chapters of their story and watch their health improve.

Helen, just turned 104 on Sunday and when I commented on her health she says she has always tried to look on the bright side of things. We started asking her some fishing and traveling stories and she got up and walked into the next room to demonstrate two sweaters made from the hair of a muskox! This retired teacher, who renewed her teaching certificate at the age of 65 because their was a shortage of teachers during the war, took the time and energy to teach me about a lovely animal I’d not heard of.

The even better news is: Those of us who are wondering what this aging process is all about have some very glamorous role models to follow! Just ask them to tell their stories!

Full of Life and Inspiration, Dorothy Mathis

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