What are the golden years? These years have little meaning for most of us until we reach approximately 50 years of age. At this point (if not sooner) we begin to experience various changes in our physiology that begins to interfere with our ability to perform activities of daily living. These changes might include:
a loss of range of motion
reduced strength and stamina
For many, these changes come on gradually and are viewed as “annoyances” rather than debilitating events. These symptoms are classic examples of degeneration that has occurred over 20-30+ years and has culminated in the (eventual) onset of SYMPTOMS. This gradual process can be minimized with preventative measures!
We all know the term preventative maintenance. Few people practice this concept, however, because culturally we have been willing to sacrifice our health for “pleasurable” destructive behaviors and activities. We don’t think in terms of sacrificing our health; in fact, most people don’t think about their health until it begins to fail them.
Ironically, we’re excited about living a longer life expectancy without giving second thought to what this actually means. For those people willing to live without regard to necessary healthful lifestyle choices that prevent and/or slow down the degenerative process, this prolonged life expectancy is likely to provide:
frequent doctor visits (with various specialists) to maintain ongoing chronic diseases accompanied by 6-10+ prescriptive medications for the remainder of life
increased pain (typically from osteoarthritis creating loss of mobility and function.)
chronic recurring infections
On the other hand, these same people will require less time planning for:
Many of my patients use to tell me, “getting old stinks!” I would respond by asking them, “what alternative do you recommend?” In most cases, they would simply laugh and I would politely, smile back. In reality, I was thinking to myself, “there is a better alternative than aging this way.”
We can RESPECT or ABUSE our bodies over a lifetime. We can (in most cases) expand the time horizon to live a lifestyle of choice and freedom or be prisoners within our skeletal frames living longer life expectancies with drugs and other artificial devices necessary to “maintain our existence” FOR US.
WELCOME TO THE GOLDEN YEARS!
Which path will you choose?
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher, 121-180 A.D.
In other words, dare to be different and do what is necessary to achieve the life you desire, regardless of what others may think.