My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
-- Maya Angelou
"We have added years to life; it is time to think about how we add life to years.”
-- Robert Kennedy
"Eudaimonia" was a word used by Aristotle and is often thought of meaniing “happiness” or “flourishing”. “Eu” means “well” and “daimon” means “divinity” or “spirit”, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Eudaimonia is the highest goal. We figure older people, more than their younger counterparts, will appreciate they should be aiming for eudaimonia rather than for base pleasures.
Steps to help keep your eyes as healthy as possible as you age:
"The fractal-like networks of tissue in our brains, bones, kidneys, and skin all lose structural complexity as we age." - LEWIS A. LIPSITZ, Nautilus Magazine
Seniors do better when they are social. When they have others around them in their lives, their measures of health and wellbeing are higher. Connected people are less depressed and better recover from acute illnesses (including heart attacks). "Studies consistently show that having an extensive and diverse social network is linked to better health and wellbeing. Compared to the socially isolated, connected individuals live longer, are less depressed, and are more likely to recover from heart attacks, strokes, and other acute illnesses." - http://aging.nautil.us/feature/179/the-real-secret-of-youth-is-complexity
People who examine seniors note that they desire one thing above almost everything else: independence. People will sacrifice longevity for independence.