Aging Is a State of Mind

FOREWORD
This book, The Myths Around Aging, is useful for:

• Retired people and future retirees

• Seniors and seniors-to-be

• Those individuals dealing with physical and mental rehabilitation

• As well as for those concerned with their own parents and understanding with empathy their current situation and circumstances.

Peter Sammarco

peter@healyourself.ca

http://www.PeterSammarco.com

Vancouver. British Columbia

INTRODUCTION

A community transforms when its members take charge of their lives and create their own

destinies. Those who do that can understand the purpose of this little practical and pragmatic

booklet on The Myths Around Aging.

While accepting the greatness and genius of every individual, we can build an interdependent

community and create a balance of give and take in all of our personal relationships with others.

It is hoped that the advice in this book can change lives by invigorating and helping readers live

longer, happier, more loving, blissful and productive lives.

With our population aging at a rate never seen before, the need for such a book has become

extremely important. I spent many days and even nights visiting a friend at a seniors` home.

We discussed what we felt was needed to reduce the costs in our ailing health care system.

Maintaining your mental, emotional and physical strength as well as your spirituality can be key

factors in reducing health care costs.

Myths around aging include a myriad of comments and excuses. Can you relate to any of these?

ongoing myths around aging.

I`M TOO OLD TO…

• Exercise

• Strengthen my body

• Have fun

• Fall in love and be intimate

• Learn new things

• Adventure into new areas

• Enjoy life

• Have a joyful and meaningful life

• Make new friends

• Go for walks or start running

• Take care of my bills

• Become a volunteer

If you have suffered an illness or stroke, you might feel that you are too old to get better and lead
fulfilling life. It is possible to recuperate from severe strokes, to learn to walk again, and to
strengthen your body, mind and skills.

The attitude that “its all downhill from here“ is just another myth. However, it is possible to
become a manifestation of your own thoughts and imagine symptoms of illness. Instead, send s
positive messages to create a healthier mind and body even in your later years.

OVERVIEW
Keeping your Power
• Don’t allow others to take your power

• You have worth and power

• Believe that you can do anything

Volunteering

• You have something to offer through your life experience

• Ask for an interview with an organization to assess your skills

Social and Recreational Activities

• Learning together and sharing ideas can enhance your own awareness and the awareness

of those around you

• Believe in yourself – you can do anything at any age

Health and Nutrition
• Take time to learn correct form before exercising

• Proper breathing is crucial

• “Use it or lose it! “

• Exercises can be done anywhere

• Maintaining your strength is the key to staying young

• Eat foods you are familiar with

• Eat a balances diet – follow nutritional guidelines

Emotional Power

• Smile at people, smiling is contagious

• Try to do something that makes you feel good everyday

• Look for beauty in everything around you

Intellectual Power

• Engage in conversations with people who gave common interests

• Stimulate and expand your brain

• Visit new places and learn new things

Dealing with Abuse

• If someone makes you uncomfortable, do something about it

• Abuse can be physical and emotional

• Don’t let people take advantage of you

• Ask for help

Spirituality

• Find a spiritual practice that works for you

• Enjoy the outdoors and spend time in nature

• Faith can provide us with strength and support

Community

• We are all part of a greater community

• Happiness comes from helping others

• Volunteering is a great way to meet people

Changing Society
• Technology can be an important part of your life

• Embrace change and learn new things

• Go beyond your comfort zone

Keep a Positive Attitude

• You are worthy and capable

• Attitude is crucial to a positive life

• A positive attitude is contagious

• Be an inspiration and a source of joy

Vitality – Being Alive
• Stay involved – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and socially

• Fill your life with joy, peace, health and understanding

• Inner peace heals us

• Enrich your life, and the lives of others

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