OK, maybe it’s not quite true. Maybe you can’t think yourself into reaching Methuselah’s ripe old age. Nevertheless, there is an increasing body of science that says the connection between what we think we are and what we actually are is much stronger than we would think — and the causality flows more from the thinking to the being than the other way around. Rick Daugherty talks about the value of keeping a positive outlook in your senior years. Why not give it a shot? Take the stairs! Say “hello” to a stranger! Be Bold! Be a social butterfly! What’s the worst that can happen?
We all remember growing up and creating “preparedness” kits for emergencies. The specific emergency might have been different depending on where you were raised — from earthquakes, to tornadoes, to hurricanes, to blizzards — but you learned in school how to be prepared, to keep matches, and flashlight batteries, and extra water on hand, etc…. As adults, we may have assembled such kits for our families, and even practiced drills. But too few of us put thought into the changing needs of these kits as we or our loved ones age. The U.S. Government’s “Ready” campaign provides some great tips that you should review.
Last Thursday, PBS aired a special hosted by Meryl Streep titled “Caring for Mom & Dad”. The New York Times published a review in anticipation of the show, and makes some valid points. We all have heard the statistic that with the ageing Baby Boomer population, soon the elderly will outnumber the young; but a lot of times, conversations never go farther than, “Your parent has Alzheimer’s, and you’re caring for her? That must be hard.” This show makes an effort to go deeper. And in the age of the Internet, the fact that it was on last week doesn’t matter one bit — you can watch it here.