For years the media and society have tried to make people think that they are old.  The use of television commercials, magazine ads, and even greeting cards make fun of older people.  The use of certain words can make baby boomers angry. Terms like “nursing home” or “facility” are no longer appropriate words to use with this older generation.  We now use “senior living” and “long term care centers.” 

The senior industry has started to recognize that they are now dealing with a different generation.  Baby boomers are steamrolling into old age and they are going to force a cultural revolution.  The 55 and older crowd are no longer “old,” and society will soon recognize that this generation is trying to hang onto its youth for as long as possible.

Even corporations forget that someone’s chronological age may have nothing to do with their competency. No one should apologize for having maturity and experience. It is important to be proud of your age and your experience.

There is nothing worse than worrying about your age.  There really isn’t much anyone can do about growing older.  Taking good care of your body and living a healthy lifestyle can give a person many more years of life.  There is an old saying that “you are only as old as you feel.”

To challenge the aging process, is to forget about what age you are, and not think about how you are supposed to act! Don’t act old and stodgy.  Seize every moment that life gives you. Ralph Waldo Emerson said:  “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Smiling and laughing are wonderfully contagious, and it gives others permission to express joy and share happiness with you.

Change your wardrobe and remember to think young!  Remember to laugh more every day, even if you are alone. Having fun is the most important part of life.  If you take life too seriously you will become depressed and no one will want to spend time with you.  It is the attitude that you project to the people around you that will keep you young. 

To be young at heart will affect your inner health.  Everyone needs a reason to get up every day and they have to find their passion for life. Feeling excited and full of thanks for all of the blessings in your life will make your day feel more complete. Take time to dream and imagine new ways to explore all that life has to offer.  It is important to remember what it felt like when you were young and fearless. Let it help motivate you to find peace and joy while you experience life in a new way!