5 Attitudes For Aging Gracefully
When we become so accustomed to our routines and start living on autopilot, we become limited over time.
Learning new things can significantly improve your memory as new pathways are created in the brain.
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In older age, there is more stress caused by problems like physical illness, the deaths of dear ones, financial problems, retirement, and loss of a sense of purpose.
What matters is how you respond to that stress. With age, although there is a decline in physical health and cognitive function, psychosocial functioning progressively improves. Older people handle stress much better than someone in their 20s and 30s.
Studies have shown that older people are better able to control their emotions; they know themselves better, make better decisions that require experience, and have more compassion and empathy toward other people.
Adopting specific lifestyle behaviors can have a tangible effect on how well you age: activities like learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, taking part in aerobic exercise, and dev...
As time passes, there is a build-up of toxins in the brain that correlate to the aging process of cognitive decline. Although this is a natural part of growing older, many factors can exacerbate it. Stress, neurotoxins such as alcohol and lack of (quality and quantity) sleep can speed up the process.
The key to resilient aging is improving neurogenesis, the birth of new neurons.
This activity occurs in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that lays down memories. And we respond to and store new experiences every day, and cement them during sleep. The more we can experience new activities, people, places, and emotions, the more likely we are to encourage neurogenesis.
Some things do get better with age: the ability to make decisions, control emotions, and have compassion for others.
The challenge to aging well is to be an optimist, resilient and pro...
Successful aging mainly refers to better well-being, greater happiness, and not just arriving at old age, but thriving and even flourishing.