“Getting old is not for sissies”
A quote attributed to Bette Davis, one of the world’s greatest film actresses, as she approached old age.
If we are blessed not to be trapped in a war-torn area, or are not an unfortunate victim of a major calamity, we are generally expected to live longer than our parents, mainly because of the discovery of new medicines, training to produce better health care professionals and the emergence of the recognition of healthy dietary and exercise choices.
Nevertheless, longevity comes with a host of downsides, which we all know about and which I will not dwell upon. Despite these downsides we are still able to grow old gracefully by considering sensible practices and by doing early financial planning to ease the pain of aging.
On the physical side, moderate exercise such as walking, swimming and light gym activities keep both the mind and body in shape.
On the less physical side we need to learn to manage the loss of facilities and to face disappointments, making sure that we don’t feel like every day is the last day of our life – because it is not.
Taking up a new hobby can help to slow down the loss of brain fitness, as well as improving self-esteem and motor skills.
Participating in group activities with fellow elders can be very therapeutic, as can music, and interaction with grandchildren or pets. Don’t discount the value of religious activities. On the mental side, doing crosswords and Sudoku puzzles help to stimulate the brain.
On an even brighter side, we are fortunate in that we get pensioners’ discount at restaurants and shops! As a bonus, in most cultures, old age commands a huge amount of respect. People come to you for advice, and you can influence them with your knowledge, experience and wisdom.
A convenient way to being able do all of these things is to book a place in a retirement village, where old folk in the same boat are encouraged to participate in social events and interest groups, and where there is a frail care facility.
But then, Bette Davis sums it all up in her own way:
“At the end of the day, though, there comes a time in every woman’s (and man’s?) life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”
An heart warming article with great set of images. I am glad to see one of my works (ACCOMPANY)here. Heartiest congratulations to all the authors.
Wonderful and enlightening article about growing old. Great collection of photos.
A beautiful selection of photographs that demonstrates the great quality of photographers that make up this fantastic forum. Congratulations to all the authors. Warm greetings.
Wonderful, touching and piercing article! Great selection of photos! I am very pleased and touched that my photo work was used here! Many thanks to the author for this work! Tatyana Skorokhod.
Great article and photos. I can definitely relate!
Paulo Abrantes PRO
Great set of pictures and happy to see one photo of our colleague and 1X member José Rocha, because he is no longer among us. He loved photography and to shoot portraits and I am sure that he would be super happy to see one of his favourite portraits among this set of photos and I am sure also that wherever he is now, he will be with his camera around his neck and he will watching this article and he will be happy to see it :) I thank you for him 1X Editorial Team :)