The concept of aging is undergoing a change for the better. Olympic ideals of faster, higher, stronger are now applied to older people whose athletic accomplishments defy the old definitions of aging. Writer Steve Salt looks into this phenomenon. He writes:
“By what standard do we qualify as old? When measured chronologically it’s just an arbitrary figure. In fact, the threshold keeps getting pushed back. Sexagenarians and septuagarians today have the healthy attitude of quinquagenarians a few decades ago. Older individuals don’t think of themselves as ancient. And perhaps that could be a clue as to how we look at aging and prepare for the challenges of advancing years. Aging is a mental game/exercise.
“The Olympic motto, ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ is a high ideal that actually speaks as much to mental acuity as physical prowess. Dr. Doug Gardner of ThinkSport Consulting Services, says, “In reality, sport is 100 percent mental. Our thoughts influence our actions and our actions influence our thoughts.”
“Taking it a step further, Mary Baker Eddy offers, ‘Thought is the essence of an act, and the stronger element of action.’ Just like athletes and their trainers who monitor team and individual mental atmosphere, we should pay close attention to what we are thinking as we hurdle over age’s obstacles. Resulting actions and better, healthier outcomes are at stake.”
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