How to “think yourself young.”
Our chronological age isn’t as important as our biological one. The secret to a longer, healthier and happier life? Always look on the bright side of it, and don’t let age deter you. As we age, we have decades of coping and resiliency skills. A positive mental attitude is absolutely essential, and probably the most important thing in keeping young.
Women, compared to men, report positive supportive relationships and enjoy high social cohesion. Social interactions play an important role in suppressing unwanted inflammation, which is part of the aging process.
According to Emily Rogalski, professor of cognitive neurology at Northwestern, a “super ager” has a “unique personality profile, highlighting optimism, resilience and perseverance as well as [an] active lifestyle.” Encouragingly, the super agers I know in Woodbury are not all health puritans. June Clinton, 96, and Betty Soete, 94, are more assertive than their parents; their relationship to authority is different; they have higher expectations for their lives. But they have embraced change, and leaned on their strength, wisdom, plans and desires … letting go and having fun.
They say working out, and enjoying music with an afternoon margarita with friends can keep us sprightly. Yes, we can even maintain a few of our indulgences.
Margaret Wachholz is the campus marketing director at Woodbury Senior Living. In her column, she shares observations and wisdom about aging and senior living in our community.