Aging gracefully

 Today is my dad’s birthday…. and even if he is in his mid seventies, he is physically and mentally (at least!) 15 years younger. Both my parents have always been very inspirational to me, but because of my father’s 75th birthday, it got me thinking more about aging, so he inspired today’s post.
dad and Karen Maine 2015

When I see my dad, who is in great health, happy and enjoying retirement, not only am I inspired but very reassured that I will also be able to age well. When I look at my dad’s lifestyle, here are habits or behaviors that have lead him to where he is today :

  1. Exercise the body at least 6 days a week. Walking, golf, weights, stretching. I think there is something for everyone, no matter your interests or age.
  2. Exercise the mind daily. Books. Sudoku. Games. Cards. My dad doesn’t have a smartphone and while he does have an iPad, I think more time is spent off the iPad than on.
  3. Everything in moderation but indulge often. Those small pleasures are important.
  4. Nap regularly ! He has never had any issues sleeping or napping, probably because of the healthy lifestyle.
  5. Foster friendships and spend time with family. Brothers & sisters, golfing buddies, neighbors (and my mom!)… building that support system is important.

photos mom 2014 003

 

Happy birthday dad ! I want to be just like you when I grow up.

Any life lessons you have learned from your parents ?

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Comments: 4

  1. Chaitali July 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Everything in moderation but indulge often… I love that philosophy! It sounds like your dad’s living a great life 🙂
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  2. Karen July 28, 2016 at 8:24 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday to your Dad!
    It is good when you look at your parents and they have good health, it is very encouraging 🙂
    I think you have the perfect goal for when you grow up.
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  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy July 28, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply

    Great post, Karen (I hope he gets to read it).

    I’m trying to remember what my Dad was like at 75 . . . I don’t; it was too long ago. He is very healthy for his age (90), but also not anywhere near as sharp as he used to be. And while he is good about doing some weight training and stretching (unlike my mom, who doesn’t, and is just 2 years younger), he stopped any form of cardio long ago. And now he can’t walk very far. Of course, he is also 90!

    Part of the reason I try to stay fit and eat healthy is to *hopefully* age better than my parents have.
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  4. Ana July 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Those pictures are precious!! Happy Birthday to your Dad!

    What I have learned from my Mom is to be happy with what I have, my health, my head, my son.
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