I just watched a morning show that featured Cameron Diaz, who was talking about her new book:
The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time
Since I’m shin-deep in my 40s, I’m super conscious of healthy aging and this quote really resonated with me…”People who accept aging, age better.” I’m also one of those people who can hear what I need to do, but until I understand “why”, that information falls on deaf ears. In the news interview, Cameron talked about accepting our aging process and that we should embrace it. After all, the alternative is death, so why fight it? And it’s proven that people who simply accept that they’re aging, actually age more gracefully and live longer. I admit, this is becoming more difficult for me. Mostly because I look around, and my loved ones are getting older and facing health problems. That is very scary to me. I worry about things beyond my control: how will I be treated when I’m that age, will I be in a nursing home, will I need assistance? However, in the interview, Cameron stressed that we need to arm ourselves with knowledge about the aging process. The more we know, the more we can be prepared, and the more gracefully will likely be able to age. If we get ahead of poor health, we are more likely to slow it down or stop it. Following the five pillars can help stave off age-related disease.
The 5 pillars of good health:
- Good nutrition
- Good movement
- Good sleep
- Stress release
- Spending time with people we love
Taken from Amazon review:
The Longevity Book explores what history, biology, neuroscience, and the women’s health movement can teach us about maintaining optimal health as we transition from our thirties to midlife. From understanding how growing older impacts various bodily systems to the biological differences in the way aging effects men and women; the latest science on telomeres and slowing the rate of cognitive decline to how meditation heals us and why love, friendship, and laughter matter for health, The Longevity Book offers an all-encompassing, holistic look at how the female body ages—and what we can all do to age better.
Learning to love growing old – Article in Psychology Today