It is also suggested that we need to exercise the mind by doing puzzles or learning a new skill. Researchers are working nonstop to prevent Alzheimer’s, which is so rampant in this aging population, but we have to do our part to help prevent this loss to our minds. Other factors that help to slow down the aging process include relying on a strong social network and creating a sense of relevancy by still contributing to society and having a job to do, whether it is paid or as a volunteer.
Is there room for improvement in your life? As the poet Dylan Thomas reminds us, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” or do you prefer to give up and give in by “going gently into that good night”?
Angelena Craig of Newburyport is the director of The New Aging Movement and a professional-level yoga instructor. Visit her website at www.thenewagingmovement.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.