Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LIFE -

There’s no ‘se­cret for­mula’ to age­ing well.

A lot of mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles and mar­ket­ing cam­paigns are writ­ten as if there is a ‘se­cret’ to healthy age­ing. But it isn’t that sim­ple, and it’s not the same for ev­ery­one. Sure, some foods have proven health ben­e­fits and we know exercise is good for the mind and body, but there are as many dif­fer­ent ways to age as there are peo­ple. The hap­pi­est in­ter­vie­wees in the se­ries were the ones who have found the life­style that is right for them. Age­ing ne­ces­si­tates your own unique ap­proach, just the same way that liv­ing daily life does! Do what you love for as long as you can. Pro­fes­sor Faull, the neu­ro­sci­en­tist, told me that the best way to keep our brains in good shape is to find some­thing we en­joy do­ing, and do it ev­ery sin­gle day for as long as possible. It can be as sim­ple as knit­ting, gar­den­ing, or even hav­ing a lit­tle bit of a sing-song in the morn­ing. In episode 3 of the se­ries, a woman called Daphne told me how she sings ev­ery day “be­cause it’s a tonic”. She turned 101 while I was in­ter­view­ing her, so I think the proof is in the pud­ding! It’s never too late to change. The most in­spir­ing thing was learn­ing that it’s never too late to change. I met peo­ple in their 80s and 90s who were ad­just­ing to new rou­tines, find­ing new hobbies and mak­ing new friends. It is never too late for us to keep grow­ing in life. I will never for­get Mar­garet, who works in aged care and who said to me, “We af­firm our el­ders in who they used to be, but we need to af­firm them in who they are be­com­ing as well.”

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