Anti-aging? What does that even mean?

Combine the word “anti” with any other concept. It either means you’re opposed to something, or you think you can fight against it and win. Anti-theft makes sense. So does anti-war. But anti-aging?

Does that mean anti-aging is against the aging process? I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan. I’m having the time of my life in my 50s and can’t wait to see what happens next.

And why do we think we can fight it? My father lost the battle at 54, and I know that was way too young.

All the studies point to a society that’s living longer than ever before. From 1900 to 2007, life expectancy rose from 49.2 years to 77.9. That’s a dramatic change, right?

What they don’t tell you is the great majority of it is because they made headway at dropping the risks at childbirth, both for the infant and for the mom.

In the last century, life expectancy has only increased by 6 years once you reach the age of 65. And in the past 20 years, life expectancy has only increased by 1 year. What that tells us is that chronic conditions still have a major impact on our society. Adding more years to our lifespans doesn’t equate to having better years.

Shouldn’t it be about quality instead of quantity? Do you really want to spend the last decade or so in an institution?

As much as the media talks about anti-aging, it’s actually referring to the wrong part of living. Why look better if it takes away from the way you feel? Do you really care about lines and wrinkles if you can’t remember who you are?

And when did we get so obsessed about the tiny wrinkles that form by your eyes and mouth anyway? They come from years of laughing and having fun. They come from having a life well lived.

Do a little bit of studying. You’ll find 50 is a magical age.

If we work at retaining our muscle mass and strength through exercise, our chances of dying without a disability increase twofold.

What we eat is the recipe to a long life. Keeping your mind sharp may be as simple as eating less.

Age is a mindset. You’re only as old as you feel. And if you associate with an age younger than what you currently are, you have a greater chance of having a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Even our relationships improve as we age. We come to realize the importance of the people closest to us. And if we don’t have what we need, we’re not afraid to reach out and get it. That includes both friends and spouses/partners. I love this article – it describes that as we age, we need each other more to fulfill our relationship, with sex becoming more a team sport.

Anti-aging? Who needs it.

Imagine if we changed the world to embrace it any age instead. It doesn’t matter if you’re 10 or 25, 50 or 100. It’s about the journey. It’s about the ride.

At 50, I’m facing similar things to other 50 year olds. Empty nest? Career changes? Finding what’s next in my life? You bet.

At 50, we’re trying to figure out how to make it all happen. And we’re doing it with style.

Screw you, anti-aging. I’m aging just fine.