There are few greater feelings than being inspired
Regardless of what or who it is, or what we do that makes us tick
important to feel positive and enthusiastic about life. So as we venture
once again into a new year, let's vow to look for the good news in
see how much better we may feel as a result.
The attitude of gratitude -- being appreciative for the many blessings
have in our lives is a wonderful way to start. Certainly there will
be changes and challenges along the way, but to move on and forge
leaving the negative behind has proven to be one of the key components
maintaining well-being late in life.
Working in the field of aging is truly one of the most rewarding
fulfilling things I believe I could ever be involved in. Some find
strange perhaps, that at a time in life where losses and decline
inevitable, there could be much good in that. However, what being
seniors, ie. the "wisdom keepers," has taught me (and
confirms) is that it's what's deep inside us that really matters
-- what we
think and what we feel can be ageless.
Some may think I'm referring to agelessness as being young. Nope,
not what I mean. What I'm talking about is being accepting of who
with all the changes and challenges we've experienced along the
knowing that each of these life situations has contributed to who
People are always fascinated by centenarians -- those living to
the age of
100, and are often intrigued with what it takes to live that long.
studies show that while genetics and exercise certainly play a role,
component routinely being addressed now is their ability to rolll
punches and handle stress.
Living to 100, just in itself, would likely seem to give you alot
practice at doing this, but I believe it takes one more key ingredient
that is morale -- you've got to feel good about yourself, your fellow
and life itself -- otherwise it's a losing battle. You've got to
and hope that good things will come -- if you believe, you will
all those other cliches can be powerful words when used in the right
I'm inspired daily in my work and study on aging. From the actual
themselves, to the research and professionals in this field. One
of my true
professional "heroes" is Adam Milgram, Executive Director
of the Sam & Rose
Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UCSD and editor of Healthwise,
their monthly newsletter. We are so lucky to have such an amazing
institution and resource in our own backyard, fully dedicated to
lifelong health and independence through research, education and
In his recent colunn, Milgram magnificently addressed his own personal
"aging" experience, from the standpoint where many people
come from, that
he doesn't feel or think his age. It's not that he feels old or
even middle-aged -- but rather like an ageless person, where age
is just not meaningful.
This is a good thing because it's believed by aging researchers
it's the psychological age -- how old we feel, that is far more
and influential in determining how our aging years will be, than
chonological age -- how old we actually are.
But where does that come from and how can we all have that feeling?
is no magic pill or potion, but the good news is -- it comes from
Someplace deep inside each of us -- "an invisible part, not
mind or body,
but of some finer substance that never ages," as Milgram describes.
short, as Milgram puts it, "it resides in a state of pure being,
becoming. It just "is," and therefore has no age -- it's
So it's not about being younger -- it's about finding our "true
Ferrin is a local gerontologist residing in Carlsbad. She is a certified
according to Milgram, "which lies deep within, hidden and invisible,
perhaps the most significant part of us." It is at this place
and in this
state where instead of getting older and aging, "we actually
-- a person without age" who lives life without worrying about
how old they
are and instead lives all the days of their life.
AARP retirement specialist, motivational speaker, consultant, and
author of a
nationally released book titled, "What's Age Got To Do With It?"
ideas contact her at (760)438-2126 or on the internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Ferrin, Gerontologist Lifestyles (760)438-2126 web: