People approach middle and old age in a variety of ways; some try to appear younger with Botox, plastic surgery and other artificial methods. Others give in and give up, just sitting around lethargically; while others choose to embrace it - either through formal programs, or through informed informal means. I've done both -- given up during my 60s, and embraced it from 70-on; you might say I'm now a happy veteran of aging healthfully, my way.

What did our forebears do to maintain a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, before Lumosity, gym memberships, the latest diet and other programs? That's the approach I prefer - the natural, zest for living - that has brought back the me of my best years, and keeps her in me.

My ancestors in the West of Ireland, kept vigorous by just the everyday activities of a grounded life, maintaining farms before machinery came along to help them. They did it with farm animals and strong backs, and simple, nutritious food - men and women, with neighbors helping - and they still found energy to enjoy each other at the end of the day. Music, dancing and storytelling all together was the custom.

As for me, I've always been adventurous, welcoming challenges and obstacles, testing myself; now that I'm old, guess what! I'm still me, and that's what influences my choices today, with the support and encouragement of Dr. Sharon Bergquist, my award-winning physician at Emory University.

Today, my ties with those strong men and women of yesteryear are unbroken. I have no time for regimented means of warding off old age; I'm much too busy maintaining my healthy mind and body the natural way.

That way involves adaptation, problem-solving, innovation, research, and strength (moral and physical). Along with walking my companion-dog Pokey up and down the hill on my street several times a day, I thrive on hard physical work, taking care of my home, making small repairs, painting, etc. and hanging sheets and towels to dry on the clothesline, year 'round. I eat moderately of energizing natural foods, some of which I grow in my gardens, saving treats (bacon, ice cream, etc.) for weekends.

My blood pressure and cholesterol are normal, and my weight is stable, on no formal diet. So far, I've seen no signs of arthritis or Alzheimers, and I'm enjoying the heck out of life on a limited budget.

As I continue to plant my gardens, I use natural materials with the aim of sustainability, tending to save rather than throwing away a lot of materials; one thing leads to another, as the gardens change. With several problem areas to improve, I find that they all combine for mutually beneficial results.

Here's a case in point. On my half-acre or so of hilly terrain, I've planted a variety of gardens -- some edible, others ornamental -- and those gardens keep self-multiplying. On my screened-in porch I've just transitioned an unsuccessful herb garden to a water garden. That led to my starting a brand new plot on the side of my house.

Here's how it went, on the tiniest of budgets, without asking for help with the work: A couple of years ago, after Pokey had had multiple indiscretions on some rugs, they were so stained it seemed they were destined for the curb. Instead of dumping them, though, when I noticed the area on the side of my house was pretty barren except for matted vines, I covered a wide area of it with leaves and other organic matter, then the carpets to kill the vines. Of course, in time, rich dark soil developed there.

The carpets stayed in place until this past weekend, when their remains finally went to the curb; they had rewarded me well with a comparatively vine-free area and good soil.

In the garden adjacent to my front porch, I had some ginger lilies that were beginning to overpower the Japanese maple, so they had to go; where? To the side yard, of course, where they now stand as tall sentinels.

On my screened porch in the back, the pond liner which had held the winter herb garden gave me three wheelbarrows full of rich black dirt that went around the house and up the bumpy path to the new garden area. Gravel mixed in with the soil is a bonus.

Pushing the heavy wheelbarrow up the uneven path to the new bed was difficult and challenging; each trip required several rest stops. Though I could have asked for help, I prefer to do as much as I can myself, with the happy byproduct of enhancing my strength, stamina, and self-esteem! Don't worry, all this went on over several days; I pace myself carefully.

Next, in the mint, veggie and berry border in front of the house, the mint and some spreading pink shrubs, whose name I haven't found, were getting a little too enthusiastic, so some of the mint and pink shrubs went to the side patch, spread with that rich black dirt from the pond liner, as far as it would go. After a good, gentle watering on the new area, I loaded the last of left-over pinestraw and wheeled it up to the side to mulch the new garden.

Creating the water garden required only cleaning the pond liner, and a modest outlay for a lovely water lily; so far, the cost for this entire garden synchronization project has been minuscule compared with health programs I might have chosen. After some more research, I'll decide if a simple form of aeration would allow small fish to thrive with the water lily.


Of course my physical work isn't all that keeps me vigorous and exuberant; the more intellectual work is a big component, as well. The first few hours of each day find me watching the news and commenting on coverage and issues of the day. A formerly active journalist, I still hold the media to a high standard -- praising and prodding as the occasion warrants.

And my activist juices lead me to maintain my website, while working to keep social media discussions on a thoughtful, factual, respectful level. That involves research and fact-checking to discern truth from claims, keeping the record straight.

Keenly aware that I share the DNA of my ancestors, I draw on them for support and inspiration to keep me healthy and grounded, living below my Social Security income.

I don't know what the future holds for me, but I trust in God's mercy to see me through anything that may come along, so I am at peace, staying in the 'now'. I know I'm still me, I'm feeling great about life, and that's a pretty good way to be old!


MORE:CNN HealthFirstrateamericaGerontologyNatural FitnessOrganic FoodSenior ChoicesSharon H. BergquistSustainability
 


Comments

The great thing regarding the specialized program associated with Essay or dissertation Composing Support is usually them to assemble like content articles that are quite powerful along with engaging. They could create exceptional content articles for virtually every writing a blog website page you own or employ.

Reply
10/01/2016 10:23pm

I remember getting worried about getting old as early as twelve! I know it's unbelievable. This is because as early as that age, people give you the wrong notion that you have to be somebody people look up to as early as 5 or 8. If a child can play a guitar at five, he is very good. If he can play the guitar at twelve, everyone else is expected to play well at that age so there really is nothing special about you anymore. There is just too much expectations we cannot keep up with. I wish someone told me at a younger age that there's more to life than everyone else's expectations. That having at least one soul love us for who we are with all our flaws, it's enough reason to wake up everyday.

Reply
07/30/2015 5:26am

Hello admin! This is remarkable article as well as it is valuable for the entire person and I want to say that I would like to write on this subject too. You have an interesting written of this topic.

Reply
09/15/2015 7:30am

Thank you very much for the information provided! I was looking for this data for a long time, but I was not able to find the trusted source..

Reply
10/27/2015 3:22am

I first time seen this rate of America. Really today I read some different kinds of news on this blog. it's new for me.

Reply
01/14/2016 1:42pm

Don't toss a lot of too quickly, however. Hold every thing open up regarding concern. Due to determine what pieces may very well be had to complete the main challenge

Reply

Several times I to this blog, and a lot of knowledge that I get. I am very grateful to the authors. keep the spirit of the author.

Reply
02/07/2016 11:44pm

These days I find references about what this post discussed, and finally I found it, of course, on this blog. thank the author for all content.

Reply
03/03/2016 3:35am

Hi I found your site by mistake when i was searching yahoo for this acne issue, I must say your site is really helpful I also love the design, its amazing!. I don’t have the time at the moment to fully read your site but I have bookmarked it and also add your RSS feeds. I will be back in a day or two. thanks for a great site.

Reply
03/12/2016 7:49am

I found a great knowledge on your blog. I also suggest this blog with my friends

Reply
04/12/2016 3:22am

Well, it is a good age. You are not old.

Reply
06/30/2016 3:20am

Hi I found your site by mistake when i was searching yahoo for this acne issue, I must say your site is really helpful I also love the design, its amazing!. I don’t have the time at the moment to fully read your site but I have bookmarked it and also add your RSS feeds. I will be back in a day or two. thanks for a great site.

Reply
07/04/2016 6:46am

Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.

Reply
07/22/2016 3:01am

his is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.

Reply

Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.

Reply
07/29/2016 7:31am

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to start my own BlogEngine blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it.

Reply
08/01/2016 1:22am

What a good blog you have here. Please update it more often. This topics is my interest. Thank you. . .

Reply
08/02/2016 1:03am

Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.

Reply
08/13/2016 4:20am

his is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.

Reply
08/18/2016 9:14am

A page with the content of the article is very good, hopefully success accompany you this good article writer.

Reply
08/22/2016 12:25am

I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

Reply
08/27/2016 3:57am

wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.

Reply
08/31/2016 3:52am

It's good to read this article right now. If not, I may miss a lot of something important from you.

Reply
10/06/2016 2:15pm

I'm so tired of all the music i have on my mp3. Does anybody have any cool melodies that merit downloading? I like a wide range of music truly, for the most part hip bounce and pop however.. Possibly some that regard run to aswell.

Reply
10/17/2016 10:37pm

I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

Reply
12/14/2016 2:30am

Increasing cases of plagiarism have led to the popularity of plagiarism checker free online. Nobody likes his or her content to be copied by somebody else. Moreover, professors from schools and universities condemn acts of students copying and pasting paragraphs from the internet to complete their projects.

Reply
12/20/2016 8:34am

Losing belly fat or fat in any part of the body comes down to calories in vs calories out. You can use some very clever strategies to naturally cut your food consumption.

Reply

Reply
02/18/2017 1:44pm

Thanks for the valuable feedback. I think that strategy is sound and can be easily replicable. Great posts. I love this article.

Reply

Reply
05/15/2017 9:29am

Many game lovers will need to select between different kinds available over the internet. While some of them may prefer the card games, others opt for the car racing games. Those who are new to gaming can opt to try out the two types in order to make the best choice as per their needs.

Reply
05/30/2017 5:35am

his is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.

Reply

Thank you so much for sharing. Your content was very helpful. You are a marvelous writer. Good work!

Reply

Nice post having excellent contents.This is exactly what I've been looking for.Thank you very good.

Reply



Leave a Reply