Anti-Aging Articles So you are getting older. I understand. I am 'older' too. We have that in common.
Since you have come to this site with 'Anti-Aging Articles' in its title, I assume you do not want to fall into one of the 'old person stereotypes' that exist in many countries.
Such stereotypes were not always common. Elderhood used to be prized. Farmers and business owners wanted to elders on the payroll because their experience was needed Clients of physicians, lawyers, repair men - all wanted 'experienced' workers.. And students assigned to the class of an older teacher considered themselves lucky.
In fact elders were so admired that men often wore white wigs so they would appear older and women dressed in fashions that flattered the post menopausal body. Everyone wanted to look 'senior' - more experienced and more important.
All this changed with the adoption of assembly line manufacturing, 'scientific' farming, research based child care and health treatments. Suddenly 'old' (as in 'old fashioned') became a pejorative term. Everyone wanted NEW: new cars, new fashions, new gadgets, new ideas. And with the move to the electronic world, suddenly new became even more important - the latest, the most RECENT are what people want. This change in society has been hard on elders.
Before manufacturing was mechanized...before the assembly line removed need for experience and understanding of how things worked.....before health care was routinized; back when farming, teaching and home building were arts, not sciences. In those days owners sought the service of persons who had been on the job for years just because they had the necessary knowledge. ________________________________
When I give lectures to administrators of social service agencies, to groups of senior citizens or even to college students majoring in gerontology, I often remind them that if we expand our horizons just a bit, we shall find elders are treasured in many parts of the world...even in societies that are highly advanced scientifically and electronically. Take heart. Some of that is on this Anti-Aging-Articles site.
If you are 'older' ...(I prefer the term Elder since it carries positive connotations) you may find it worrisome that you are in a society that does not really value 'the old'. You may have concerns about what you will do after retirement or concerns about your health, your money - and just how you will navigate the challenges of becoming an old person in this society.
OK. I understand. When I turned 68, I decided that I wanted the last third of my life ( my elder years) to be meaningful. I wanted to feel valued - to feel I could still make some contributions. I wanted to 'keep my brains' and have as much good health as possible. No way was I going to live out someone else's stereotype of 'old woman'. So I did what was natural for me. I read research studies about aging. I read and talked with persons who were enjoying 'successful aging' - no matter what their health status or their economic situation.
Then, I decided to share what I learned. I now give talks on: Three Stages of Elderhood. These talks are well received. But I can reach only so many people with talks. So I decided to create this web site. It has been built with you in mind. You probably have noticed changes in your body that show you are getting older. Like many of us, you a may feel concerned. You want a 'good life', a vibrant life. You do not want to be 'pushed aside' or grow stagnant and feel you are 'going downhill'. You want to be happy, respected and you want to continue contributing to society. You do NOT want to fit some stereotype of old age
The GOOD NEWS is that your life CAN be meaningful. This Anti-Aging Articles site will show you that your life can even become more interesting -- full of new learning, new experiences. Recent scientific studies are overturning many of the old 'myths of aging'. Scientists have discovered, for example, that most people grow happier as they age....that it is possible to reverse many of the external signs of aging AND that many elders become real anchors of stability for their communities
I know there are many web sites dedicated to Anti-Aging Articles topics. Nearly all of them are trying to SELL you something - a supplement, a cream or some program.
This Anti-Aging-Articles web site is different. I am not in the supplement business. I am not in the beauty or skin care business. I am a retired college professor; now Senior Scholar at the Center for Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. I enjoy reading research. And I have been reading Anti-Aging Articles about the years for more than two decades.
Some years ago I found my mailbox filling up with 'junk mail' - letters and brochures trying to sell me some Anti-Aging product. When I read the brochures I found that few were backed by any real scientific research. Oh, they had 'testimonials' but little REAL research. That is when I decided to start this Anti-Aging Articles web site.
I wanted to create a site with real scientific research about Anti-Aging Articles...a site that would also show some products backed by solid research ... a site where readers could find examples of women and men living their elder years with meaning and joy.
ANTI-AGING-ARTICLES is written for you. It is a place where you will find the latest research on health, longevity and cognitive well being. It is also where you'll get tips about post retirement living - even how to earn an income after you retire. And there are articles about Fashion after 50, about skin care and a series of pages where artists, authors and poets can post their work.
I hope you will enjoy exploring this site. Oh, and you can sign up for my free monthly NEWSLETTER, Ageless Aging, Just click on the NEWSLETTER button to the right.
Thanks for visiting Anti-Aging-Articles! Kate
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