We should all be interested in successful aging. In fact, successful aging is a world-wide dream. Because of significant advances in health care our population is getting older, but are we achieving a high-quality of life through its extension? Successful aging implies more than a state of physical well-being. It is a state of complete physical, mental and social bliss not simply the absence of disease or infirmity. How one can age without abdication of life's most pleasurable pursuits varies with each individual. Being up early in the morning, exercising every day, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a good diet full of antioxidant's are keys to physical and mental health. Last month I spoke about the values of chocolate as both an antioxidant and something that can help deal with stress.
As we pursue each new sunrise we should have goals for this new day. Some gift of love or laughter or creativity in some individual way. This is how we can successfully age one day at a time.
I know of only one way to stop the aging process and this thought is unacceptable to me. Age without abdication should be our motto.
I'll be in touch next month.
Thomas Petty, MD