The world’s graying population is growing at an unprecedented rate, which is leading to dramatic social and economic changes (like the raising of the retirement age). Because the economic realities have changed, and with them attitudes, the elderly are now encouraged to volunteer and be dynamic economic assets to their communities. In so doing they offset the economic burden they impose. Thus the healthy elderly are no longer regarded simply as a privileged class but are looked upon to wisely and dynamically contribute to the benefit of society, while simultaneously retaining their independence and sense of self worth.
For their part, graying individuals are happy to challenge the social preconception of the elderly as doddery, unproductive or helpless and instead aspire to self-help and new endeavors. The young at heart are pushing aside the time honored concept that one’s latter stage of life should be a period of disengagement, memories, tranquility and retirement from the rough hew of everyday life. Their new-found aspiration is that life should continue to be packed with vitality, challenges and social achievements.
• In order to evaluate a successful anti-aging strategy, it is imperative to throw aside the now outmoded concept of aging and replace it with the new enlightened concept that this phase of your life should be the most dynamic and fulfilling period of all.
• The choice is yours. Maturely re-evaluate your assets and basic needs and plan the next 25 years of your life with a positive attitude. Your plan should incorporate all the detailed elements of a well-thought out anti-aging strategy. You should now have the experience, and hopefully the wisdom, not only to formulate such a common-sense plan but also the...