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Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Growing old is part and parcel of life. It’s one of those inevitable things that you just have to deal with. Graying hair, wrinkles, aching limbs, children moving out of the house, retirement,fewer friends,no colleagues… There’s a lot of things that go along with getting old.There is this physiological changes like slowness in whatever you do, can't walk in a straight line,eye-sight failing,mood swings and the lot.But you don’t have to face it like doomsday. Just like anything else, you can face it with grace.
Here are some tips on how to age gracefully.
Let the fact sink in,accept reality.
No matter what you do, you’ll get old. You’ll get wrinkles and gray hair (or, for men, hairlines recede). You can always get your hair dyed or get Botox treatments, but you can’t deny that your age when push comes to shove. Just look at your drivers license,CPF withdraw long passed and accept that many decades have passed since mommy brought you into the world.
Keep a healthy routine by exercising and keeping yourself occupied
Love life. If you have engaged in some bad habits when you were younger, give them up now. There’s no such thing as too late when breaking bad habits. Exercise and eat right
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Don’t worry
Worrying and stress will only make you age a lot faster. So take it easy. Breathe. Take a moment to appreciate the smell of your morning coffee.
Control your emotions and temper.
Physically, you may experience some changes that can make you lose your temper quite easily. But you must learn not to give in to anger or to any extreme emotion. You don’t want the neighborhood kids to call you Mr. or Mrs. Grouch when you get older right?
Be friendly and smile freely (like you are attending an SIA cabin crew interview hahaha)
Interacting with people also helps improve your mood and outlook. So don’t forget to always bring out a smile. Have a social life. Living your life as a hermit isn’t a good thing.
Widen your interests
One of things you’d have to contend with when growing old is boredom. For one, there can be some physical limitations to your activities. So you may want to be filling your bookshelves with books on different things. Attend lectures or participate in volunteer activities. Keep a garden perhaps. Take up blogging like me and make some money from the ads.Keeping yourself busy helps in keeping the mind and body sharp.
Lastly,don't think too much about death because Mr. Death will come knocking one of these days and be courageous enough to welcome him.

3 comments:

Ousizch said...
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Anonymous said...

sigh,

when you grow old, and your friends die before you do, you have lesser friends.

some old folks' off spring all die and they the parents still around.

how leh?

Edmond Tay said...

Hi BT,
Your advice is of one who having lived life. Very sound and philosophical. Everyone should take heed of what knowledge you have shared about life experiences. Edmond