Make the rest of your life the best of your life—from the inside out

Look younger. Live longer. That’s the promise hyped by sellers of countless products and procedures. But like Dorothy who visited the Land of Oz, you already hold the key within.

Rogena laughingWhen I first noticed my own signs of aging, I became eager to learn how to maintain my energy and health. I wanted to age well. Two graduate degrees later, I have separated anti-aging myths from scientific evidence and was thrilled to learn each of us has the power to influence the way we age.

Our attitudes and thoughts have a greater impact on how well and how long we live than smoking cigarettes or genetics. Research supports a long-established philosophy that if you change your thoughts you change your life. You can take charge of how you age by taking charge of how you think.

It starts by refusing to conform to arbitrary restrictions tied to your birth year. Don’t squeeze yourself into social expectations. Release artificial limits on what you can do. Stop identifying with a number—that’s for prisoners.

The Spanish language suggests a way out. Instead of saying “I am sixty years old,” they say how_old_would_you_be“Tengo sesenta años” which literally translates to “I have 60 years.” I have rather than I am—an important distinction.

Someone once said, “Age is just a number. Mine is unlisted.” Free yourself from unnecessary constraints. Harness the power of your mind to make the rest of your life the best of your life. The possibilities are endless.

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Try Something New

Years ago I had a newsletter that I gave out to audience members. It was printed on glossy 17 X 11 paper that was folded in half to make four pages. There was a main article, a letter to the reader, a shorter piece or quiz or list, and news about upcoming events. I handed it out at speaking engagements and …

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What Can a Positive Outlook Do?

Last week, I gave a talk on the power of belief to the Greater Atlanta chapter of the National Aging in Place Council. My message was based on numerous studies and books I have read on the subject. Here’s one such book I found interesting. In UP: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging, Dr. Hilary Tindle describes how …

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The Power of Belief

What if you could choose your aging experience? Research is providing exciting evidence that we hold the key to aging well and living longer. There is nothing to go out and buy, because it’s all in your mind. It comes down to what you believe. Your beliefs have a great deal to do with how you age. They can contribute to …

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Living Well Program

I just completed a training course to become certified as a lay leader of an evidence-based Living Well program called the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). This program was developed by the School of Medicine at Stanford University to provide people living with chronic conditions tools and strategies to improve their quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control conducted a …

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Aging Stereotypes

There are stereotypes about all kinds of groups: racial stereotypes, gender stereotypes, sexual orientation stereotypes, and more. But when it comes to aging, those stereotypes can affect all of us. Stereotypes in general are largely negative and not based on fact. This leads to misconceptions. In the case of aging stereotypes, they can lead to self-fulfilling prophecies. That’s why they are …

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The Power of Focus

You have a choice. It doesn’t matter where you are right now or what you’re going through, you can recreate the direction of your life. Those words come from a book I wrote years ago called The Power of Choice. Back then, I was trying to help people free themselves from the expectations of others and the rut they had grown …

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Back to School…Over 50

It’s that time of year. Students everywhere getting ready to go back to school. What about you? Whether it’s that degree you always wanted to or some courses you’d really like to take, going back to school over 50 can be very rewarding. In my 50s, I returned to school to get a PhD, and in my 60s I went back …

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The Fountain of YOU

You’ve heard about the fountain of youth. Legend has it that when Ponce de León left Spain in the early 1500s he was in search of it. Fast-forward to today and a quick perusal of store shelves or magazine ads shows that the search continues. Why the obsession with youth? It has to do with how we view aging—most of us …

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Acting Your Age is Unnecessary

Vital. Healthy. Engaged. If you are interested in these qualities as much as I am, you need to know that they can be yours. It’s largely a matter of changing your mind and not getting stuck on numbers. Ellen Langer, the Harvard researcher who wrote the book Counterclockwise, has completed numerous studies that show that our attitude, beliefs, expectations, and viewpoint …

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A Size Conspiracy?

Last week I wrote about weight gain not simply being a part of aging, but how it could have a lot to do with our emotions and the accumulation of pains over the years. Now I want to present another alternative explanation to the idea that our bodies are expanding. Maybe we aren’t gaining weight after all. I tried on some …

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