The media, books, newspapers and magazines tirelessly promote youth, physical beauty and sexuality. People in general, and
women in particularly also feel under pressure to look young “for their age,” which is in itself a form of ageism, but why is that? Is it the fact that many industries make millions each year? And, why is it that we as a society have no desire to grow older gracefully? The result keeps us running a race that we can never win and that is to forever be young or at least look that way.
Ageism is a form of discrimination. However, its the norm to treat people a certain way based on one’s age. Research shows that women are likely to experience the effects of such attitudes and actions before the age of 21 and over the age of 40 and that men under 18 and over the age of 50 are similarly affected.
Did you know…
Ageism is not a universal thing…in some cultures aging and treatment of older adults ranges from enormous respect to sacred reverence.
There is no way around aging folks
Forget about trying to reverse the aging process. In fact, understand that getting older truly does mean getting better. Mark Twain once wrote, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Great quote old guy, but let’s get real. In a culture preoccupied with youth and beauty it seems to MATTER and I don’t mind saying it!
How can we remain confident as we age?
Start by taking an individual responsibility. Respect our bodies by caring for our hearts, lungs, minds, bodies and most importantly our spirits. Care for our teeth, skin, hair, hands and feet, watch our weight and eat healthy food. We can challenge our minds and nurture our souls and we can make an enormous difference in the quality of our lives by doing just a few things to improve our overall health….
Exercise regularly A minimum of 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week, will keep your heart young while improving your figure, mood and brainpower.
Take care of mental health Get rid of emotional baggage that stresses you out.
Eat your vitamins The best way to get vitamins and minerals is from a well-balanced diet.
Keep friends close People who maintain broad social networks as they age have higher scores on intelligence tests and lower rates of dementia, studies show.
Learn something new every day The more you challenge your brain, the better it performs, studies suggest. Better to learn varied things, and participate in group activities.
Believe in yourself and your beauty…look in the mirror and appreciate you by saying something you love about yourself. Remember, we give off to others what we really believe about ourselves.
Have a wondrous Tuesday!