A Happy New Year is often marred by the secret—or openly blatant—expressions of the fear of aging. It might seem we are only getting older, not better. But recent research discovered by health writer Eric Nelson challenges that fear. Nelson writes:
“In her article ‘Why everything you think about aging may be wrong,’ reporter Anne Tergesen draws on a number of studies to illustrate why, for instance, depression and loneliness are not more common in old people, cognitive decline is not inevitable, older workers are not less productive, and creative ability does not necessarily deteriorate – and may actually improve – over time. ‘In many ways,’ she writes, ‘life gets better as we get older…’
“If we are not careful, buying into [a negative] line of reasoning can make it seem like all we need to do is wish our way to the fountain of youth, or that we are somehow to blame for our own or another’s infirmities. On the other hand, a willingness to exchange so many erroneous assumptions about old age for a more inspired perspective can have a positive effect.”
Nelson describes the experience of a senior volunteer in a Utah elementary school. She was afraid that a recent hearing loss would rob her of the joy and ability to continue working with the children, whom she loved, as she writes in a published account. Nelson continues:
“Rather than giving in to the idea that this sort of thing is to be expected as we get older, [this woman] was encouraged by a friend to ponder what Mary Baker Eddy has to say in her book Science and Health about God or Spirit and not a physical body as being the source of such “spiritual senses’ as sight and hearing, ‘untouched by age, time, or material processes.’ As she did, her hearing improved to the point that she could again detect a wide spectrum of sounds, even in a loud restaurant.”
If you’d like to know more about this woman’s experience and how you can successfully overcome some of the claims of aging or decline, Read More here.