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Age Is Just a Number

What some people may think of as an over-used expression, I think of as an under-used expression. Think of 94-year-old Prince Phillip and his 89-year-old wife Queen Elizabeth and how active they are; and, then, think of the many people decades younger than they are whose mentality and actions make them appear to be "ancient." Think of 93-year-old Betty White, the actress, and Constance Isherwood, the 95-year-old practising lawyer who last month received an honorary doctorate of law at the University of British Columbia (Canadian Press, Story 140325, May 20, 2015) I also think of people I knew who seemed to do everything right (if there really is such a thing) like my friend and lifetime nursing educator who died at 61 years of age of cancer. As many of you know, people's DNA plays a huge role in our health and virtually everything we do, something I intend to discuss in my next blog.

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Strgzr66 wrote on June 11, 2015, 12:23 AM

"Age is just a number" is, by my definition, a myth. Aging, in most cases, represents the fact that the human body, as intended by nature, does wear out and deteriorates over time. However, this process is more speedy in some individuals and less so in others. That has been the case since the beginning of the Human Race. Today, due to better health care, new medical discoveries and healthier lifestyles, the average humans tend to live longer than their predecessors. However, there are still many who, due to some incurable diseases, poor metabolism and inherent disorders passed on through the family DNA, who do not make it past "middle-age". But "Age is just a number" is actually a good psychological motivation for taking good care of oneself and staying active which, if truth be told, has to increase longevity, especially in people who are in good health to begin with. Great for thought emoticon :smile:

FourWalls wrote on June 11, 2015, 10:26 AM

My motto is: "Age is simply a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter." emoticon :grin:

valmnz wrote on June 13, 2015, 6:32 PM

Some people sadly start acting like an old person once their age number starts creeping up. Life is to be lived, no matter what your age. I've already reached my goal of outliving the age reached by both of my parents.

inertia4 wrote on June 20, 2015, 7:28 PM

Communicator Yes age is just a number. And you are right about the DNA. That pretty much predetermines what will happen to us and at what age. I admire those people in their 80's and 90's who seem full of life, as if there is nothing wrong with them. I can only wish to live as long.

CoralLevang wrote on July 15, 2015, 3:46 PM

One of my dearest friends is 87. She is vibrant and active and still works as a mediator, coach, and career counselor. If I am lucky enough to live as long, I want her spunk!