Last Updated on 20 February 2021 by Ray Plumlee
Each and every one of us has fears. Are we afraid to get on board that airplane? Perhaps. How abou0t looking down from that window on a high floor? Maybe. Snakes? Spiders? Sharks? Could be. But most of these fears are relatively unfounded. Our plane isn’t likely to crash, we aren’t likely to fall through that high window, or encounter an angry snake, a lethal spider, or a ravenous shark. But one fear, which quite a few of us share, may be entirely justified. And that is the fear of getting old. Oh, I’m sure we all want to live to a ripe old age, fearing the alternative even more, perhaps. But we may dread what happens to our bodies as we age. It’s the one fear that we must learn to deal with in order to live a full life. My new book, “Coping and Living with an Aging Body – Fear of the Unknown: Now is the Time to Face Up to Aging,” is my way of assisting you in coping with this very real, and common, fear.
Aging happens to us all. The old saying about not getting any younger is certainly true. But I’m not talking about the simple advance in chronological age, but the results of that process. Once we hit a certain point in time, we will inevitably begin to notice changes, and not for the better. Our joints will ache, our skin will wrinkle, and our eyesight will dim. But if we are prepared for this, and armed with techniques to assuage the damage caused by the natural process of aging, or, in some cases, prevent this damage, we will be much more capable of dealing with our older bodies. And the time to begin this process is now. To bring up another old saying, “Forewarned is forearmed.” You must consider that our older bodies are built on the foundation we have laid in our younger years. So. if we take steps in our earlier years, our later years may be significantly better.
Old age, hopefully, comes to us all. Whether it comes slowly and gently, or hits us like a sledgehammer, depends, to some extent at least, on how we prepare for it. My book offers tips on how to do just that. We can’t just sit there and wait for it to happen, but we can’t completely outrun it either. Hopefully, the advice and information offered in my book will help you achieve a happy medium, allowing you to age at a natural pace with a minimum of discomfort and disability. But, to know how to deal with the aging process, we must understand exactly what is is. Science is still unclear on the process, but there are a number of theories. The answer may be one of them, or a combination of all of them.
The first theory is that of simple wear and tear. Just like a new car, our bodies are not meant to last forever, and breakdowns will inevitably occur over time until, at last, the end comes. You will learn that, just as continued maintenance will extend the life of your vehicle, it can do the same for your body. The next theory is one of genetics. Our DNA may be programmed from birth to degenerate at a certain speed. But science now believes that we can overcome this programming to some extent, and extend our life, and, just as importantly, our health, beyond what nature originally intended. Next up is the free radical theory, which postulates that damage from materials produced by our own metabolism can deteriorate our cells And finally, inflammation, our body’s reaction to stress factors
In my book, I offer helpful tips on overcoming each of these causative agents, things you shouldn’t do as well as things you should. Because I believe that diet and nutrition are of primary importance when it comes to our health, I will advise you on a healthy diet, what is good for you, and what isn’t. You will learn how antioxidants help in fighting the effects of those dangerous free radicals. And I will give you tips on how to cut down on naturally occurring inflammation. My book offers advice on how to achieve a more comfortable and productive, old age.
Also, the publication does not neglect to mention the importance of mental youthfulness. Just as our bodies age, so do our minds. And we must take precautions to ensure that they age as gracefully as their physical counterparts. If we feel old, if we think of ourselves as old, it is likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I offer tips on mental exercises in visualization, meditation, and positive thinking that can help keep our minds as youthful and agile as we would like our bodies to be.
The primary message of my book is that with a proactive attitude, we can all improve our lives, This is not a new concept, to be sure, but sometimes we need a little help in knowing exactly what to do. My book offers tips and advice, culled from my own experience with the aging process, as well as from exhaustive research, which will help you come to terms with your uneasiness about, or even fear of, what is to come as your body ages. I offer practical advice on what you can do now to improve the quality of your later life.
After all is said and done, the truth is that we are all only offered one life. It would be a shame to waste a goodly portion of that gift on an extended period of disability and decline. Life is, after all, what we make of it, the keyword here being “we.” With the techniques offered in my book, I believe that you can make your life better now, and build a foundation for a more healthy and productive future, lasting well into what is referred to as the “golden years.” It’s up to you to seize the opportunity.