Think Positive About the Aging Process

OCTOBER 23, 2015
A Wall Street Journal article titled “To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging” caught my attention, probably because of my age. 
 
I recently had a left knee replacement, and as I have been recovering from that event, I have become more attuned to how the body heals itself. Because of my age (over 75), I am also aware that the many stereotypes about aging can mislead your own thinking. 
 
The point of the article was that “harboring negative stereotypes about getting older can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
 
The author offered 4 strategies to improve your mind-set and well-being:
  1. Understand the myths vs. the facts
  2. Recognize stereotypes in everyday life
  3. Substitute positive for negative stereotypes
  4. Accept the aging process
I can attest to the value of having positive thoughts about the aging process. I am also amazed at how well the body heals itself. It may take a little longer as you age, but it is still remarkable that it happens. 
 
Six weeks after my surgery, I was released by my physical therapists and surgeon to go back to the gym. I still have more improvements to make, but being old is great. 
 
I recommend that you consider working on changing your attitude about aging.

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