Are difficult relationships or painful emotions causing you to age?
Inside most old people are young people wondering how they got there.
Delay, Prevent and Reverse Aging
You were born with an energy for living that, unless
continuously restored, fades with age. After about age 25, unless care is
taken to replenish energy, many people stop growing up and start growing old.
Yet aging is optional and controllable for most motivated adults ... degeneration
may often be delayed, and occasionally, even reversed.
The degeneration of aged tissues is easier to prevent than to repair.
Degenerated tissues are unlikely to be replaced, except
perhaps by surgery.
Aging, Anxiety & Coaching
The deterioration of bodily functions that accompany old age
is often considered a one-way road to suffering and death.
Although many theories explain one or two aspects of aging;
no single theory explains all phenomena. Yet many changes
associated with old age are not from natural aging - but from lifestyle choices. With appropriate care,
most people can delay or prevent many of the problems of old age,
and sometimes even reverse the aging process.
In societies that revere youth, many people who age
grieve the loss of their younger bodies and try to deny their physical
ages. They may damage their credibility by wearing clothes more
appropriate for teenagers, searching for young friends or lovers or even
Aging anxiety often includes worrying about declining
health, loss of friends, wrinkles, loss of hair, declining
memory and depleted financial resources.
We help people prevent and delay the
loss of mental resources associated with aging, and increase
motivation to be physically and mentally healthy.
As time passes, cellular damage accumulates and impairs
the function of tissues. If this damage interferes with metabolism,
whole organs may malfunction. A common example is adult-onset
diabetes, which can often be controlled by diet and exercise.
"I thought that aging was something
that would only happen to other people".
One theory of aging assumes that the life span of cells and
organisms is genetically determined. Another theory assumes that cell
death is the result of the formation of inefficient enzymes. Yet
another theory assumes that aging is due to the accumulation of
mutant cells. (Natural mutation may be dramatically increased by
the toxins and carcinogens associated with modern lifestyles.)
Old Age & the Cardiovascular System
Your heart changes as you age, gradually losing muscle,
and reducing in performance. Heart disease and
hypertension are the biggest causes of death after age 65.
- The heart contracts slower as you age. During exercise, the heart
can double the amount of blood pumped, although this output
diminishes with age.
- Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a progressive
disorder and is present in most people by middle age, and increases
markedly with age.
- Blood vessels become less elastic with age, with progressively
thicker walls. These changes may increase blood pressure and the
work of the heart.
Old Age & Digestion
The overall digestion of sugars, proteins, vitamins, and minerals
remain constant. Most nutritional deficiencies can be avoided if
the diet includes all essential elements. Deficiencies usually
develop from poor eating habits, such as excessive sugars.
The loss of teeth in elderly people is often a result of long-term neglect.
Old Age, the Nervous System & Vision
Human behavior requires the brain to integrate information from the eye
and ear, skin and internal organs. There is only a slight loss of brain
cells in old age, however, brain cells are extremely sensitive to oxygen
deficiency. Consequently, it is likely that loss of brain cells results
from heart disease, which reduces oxygen delivery to the brain.
From about age 50 there is an
accelerated decline in the ability to discriminate detail, that most people
compensate for with spectacles and increased illumination. Aging reduces the
ability to focus the eyes for viewing near objects, so that distant objects
can be seen more clearly than close objects. Sensitivity to darkness and
glare is also greater in the old than in the young, and the incidence of
eye disease, such as glaucoma and cataracts, increases with age.
The psychological features of aging are impaired short-term
memory and longer reaction times. Some aged people become fearful
and depressed, withdraw from social contact, or behave like children.
Some of these aged people seem to invite death with
self-destructive, unhealthy lifestyle choices.
If you have
identified with an older person,
you may often use gestures, facial expressions
and habits of that person. These
unconscious habits may make you appear older
than your body age. If so, our identity coaching
can give you a new lease of life.
Most elderly people can acquire new information and remember it as
well as younger people. Age differences in learning increase with the
difficulty of the material to be learned. It seems that people who age
well maintain their mental alertness by continuing to learn and
by ongoing contact with younger people.
Parenthood and Aging
As our lives, including old age and death, focuses on creating
and raising children, old age is linked to the reproductive
process. Although the onset of old age is gradual, without specific
systemic or environmental cause; an early manifestation of age is a
decline in sexual interest. This can be horrifying for people who were preoccupied
Children and grandchildren provide a natural focus and purpose
for older people. In many cultures, there is a special relationship
between grandparents and grandchildren ... the children gain indulgent
second parents, while most grandparents enjoy caring for their
children's children. The parents can relax (and maybe create more babies).
Advantages of Aging
In most traditional cultures, elders represent the knowledge of
the community and are the teachers of the young. In Western cultures,
older people are often seen as liabilities, and inexperienced young
adults learn subjects instead of the wisdom of experience.
If younger adults feel that their freedom or mobility is limited
by older relatives; then some form of old folks home may
be perceived a logical next step.
Older people tend to have more time and patience, and more
experience as family and community mentors. They have seen more
of life; they have solved more problems and they are not easily
shocked. They have coped with birth, death, health and disease.
Do you want a perspective of joy and
suffering ... of life and death ...
that younger people can hardly imagine?
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