Thriving


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

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"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.

Things to avoid as you get older:
Apathy
Sarcopenia
Dementia
Balance problems

Preventing Eye Changes

Steps to help keep your eyes as healthy as possible as you age:

  • Keep regular check-ups with your family physician to monitor for diseases that can potentially lead to eye problems.
  • Schedule a check-up with your ophthalmologist every year or two. A full eye exam can catch most eye problems early when they be corrected or treated. Make sure you are screened for glaucoma and have your eyesight checked. You may have your pupils dilated with drops so the doctor can get a better look at your eyes.
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a diet rich in green and leafy vegetables
  • Wear sunglasses when you are in the sun
  • Wear a hat when you are in the sun
  • Establish an exercise routine
  • If you have diabetes, control it

More on eye diseases common in the elderly.

"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

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Melatonin as a Geroprotector: Healthy Aging vs. Extension of Lifespan

RSC: Anti-Aging Drugs

Article on frailty syndrome

El Síndrome de Fragilidad

Importance of social connections

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.

Dementia Glossary