Anti-Aging Articles So you are getting older. I understand. I am 'older' too. Since you have come to 'Anti-Aging Articles' I assume you do not want to become an 'old person stereotype' - you know, the one that exists in so many people's imagination.
Background. Negative stereotypes of elders are a relatively new thing. Older persons (Elders) used to be looked up to and admired. Why? Knowledge gained by life experience was held in high esteem. Farmers, physicians, shop keepers - all wanted to learn from the experienced elders of their community.
Elders were so admired in earlier times that men wore white wigs so they could appear older. And women's fashions were designed to flatter the post menopausal body.
Being 'senior' was socially desirable. Elders held social power in their family and in the community. So what happened?
Assembly line manufacturing, 'scientific' farming, and research based child and health care came into being and the knowledge of seniors was not needed. Cars were no longer built one at time by a crew that had an 'old man' with experience as its head. With the advent of 'scientific farming' there was no need for the older farmer's experience about handling a particular pest invasion or a drought.
There was a major societal shift. Everyone wanted NEW: new machines, new fashions, new drugs. And then with the rise in electronics, suddenly new became even more important. The changes reduced the importance of elders in society.
Before manufacturing was mechanized, before 'scientific' farming and medicine, experience was central. And who had more experience than elders? It is true. There was a time in our society when elders were valued. They wielded great social power and were given great respect. In fact one reason why men wore white wigs was to look older so they would gain 'elder respect'.
When I have given lectures about Aging and Elderhood I often remind members of the audience that if we expand our cultural horizons just a bit, we find that Elders are still treasured in many societies - even in societies that are advanced scientifically and electronically.
If you are 'older' (I prefer the term Elder) you may find it a bit worrisome to live in a 'youth oriented' society. You may have concerns about old age: concerns about health, money and how to will meet the challenges of becoming an old person in your oriented society. You do not want to live somebodies stereotype of 'old' - poor, decrepit, not 'counting'. You are against that. And that is why 'Anti-Aging' has become all the rage.
I understand. As I moved through my fifties and into my sixties, I knew that I wanted my life to be meaningful. I wanted to feel valued - to continue making contributions to society. I also wanted to explore things that I never had time for when I was younger. And yes, I also wanted to 'keep my brains' and have as much good health as possible.
So I made a decision. No way was I going to live out someone else's stereotypes of 'old'. I wanted the last third of my life to be one of exploring, of continued learning, of having good social contacts and yes, I did not have words for it at the time but I wanted to live out of a place of wisdom and love.
So, I did what was natural for me. I began reading books and research studies about Aging. I began seeking out persons who were enjoying 'successful aging'. I soon learned that health and economic status were helpful but they are NOT the determinants of a happy, meaningful old age.)
Then, seeing that so many adults who were really concerned about 'getting old', I started sharing what some of I learned. I gave talks about the Three Stages of Elderhood.
But I realized that I could reach only a limited number of people with talks. The Internet offered wider possibilities. Since I already had site about reversing bone loss, I decided to create another site - one that would cover topics related to creating a meaningful and happy life as we age.
I wanted this new site to provide information grounded in science. And because so few internet sites allow elders to share their gifts and accomplishments, I wanted to make that happen too. You are now on that site. It continues to evolve. There are even places where you can share your art, your poetry, you ideas for living a great elderhood.
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 AND that it is possible to reverse many external signs of aging.... and that many elders are real anchors of stability for their communities
I know there are many web sites dedicated to Anti-Aging Articles. Nearly all of them try to SELL you something - a supplement, a cream or some program.
This Anti-Aging Articles site is different. I am not in the supplement business. I am a retired college professor. I read Anti-Aging Articles in scientific journals and I read many of the new studies about life extension. That is the information you will find here.
I also want a site where we can learn from each other and where you can publish your poetry, your art, or your ideas about growing older with verve and meaning. I hope this Anti-Aging-Articles site offers you solid information and inspiration from others. I hope it will be a place where you can find inspiration from the examples of women and men living their elder years with meaning and joy. Anti-Aging-Articles is meant for you. I hope you will explore it....and consider contributing to it.
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