BLOG: Conquering aging

No one can truly conquer aging. However, science, medicine, and cosmetics can help to slow down the aging process.

I have known many of the people featured in “Wise Words on Aging”. To live longer, I learn from them that it is essential to have a purpose not just during the year, but every day. And each day, you have to work at it.

Belonging to a community is key to our well-being and happiness. You can always live in solitude, but you have to create space for yourself to interact and engage with people meaningfully in many ways.

Elders with hobbies and passion seem to live life more easily than those who have nothing to do except gamble. After all, you can only spend so much time on babying your grandchildren.

You must find something you love to do, whether it is carpentry, photography, knitting, cooking for others, or gardening. Former Washington Gov. Dan Evans knitted a pair of Xmas stockings for each of his grandkids. Yes, men knit, too. And he taught himself.

Finally, a sense of humor is the best medicine for health. Laughing calms us down. It enhances our mood. Enjoy everything you do and everyone you meet; you can always learn something from your friends as well as folks you are not fond of. (end)

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