Old Age

The Accumulation of Experience

People with plenty of years in the world often seem to move at a much slower pace, and many younger people put it down to their body being on the edge of failure. That could be true in even the healthiest person, but it might not be the entire story. For those who have many years of living to their credit, the accumulation of experience has often told them that life should be valued and cherished instead of run through at a breakneck pace. It does not quite translate for everyone, but learning how to savour life while still being active is one way older people have learned to remain healthier.

Aging bodies do present their own limitations in many cases, but moving at a slower speed is not always the outcome of physical wear and tear. People who have seen many decades of life pass know that there are times when moving slower can be valuable. They stop and smell the roses, admire the sunlight on a puddle, or they might even spend a few minutes comparing today to a day of their youth. Their slow movements are about cherishing life rather than a physical ailment.

Some diseases tend to affect older people, and arthritis is one of them. It attacks the joints, and it can cause people to move at a slower pace due to pain. Decades ago, these people would be given palliative care and told to sit still. Movement today is deemed essential to keep their body functioning, and new medications give them the opportunity to do it. While they might still move slow, they are able to continue their lives independently for longer periods of time.

Health and fitness in older people can be difficult to achieve, but today’s seniors are often in much better shape than their own parents were decades ago. They have taken better care to eat foods rich in nutrition, many of them have kept moving, and even those who came late to the fitness game have learned the value of exercise.