Sucessful AgingWritten by Judi Singleton
I started thinking about this subject just in December. Oh I had thought of it before but no really at intensity I have been thinking about it lately. I got hurt on job in December, 04 and it brought to forfront "What if I could no longer work?" My doctor told me he thought I should change occupations. I am a in-home-caregiver for elderly. It is like shoemakers kids that have no shoes. I deal with aging results and planning or lack of planning daily on my job. So I am more aware of problems than most people. However, in my own life I had not done much about planning. I had just frankly been too busy making a living. I only finished up raising last of my kids about ten years ago. I since then bought a house which most people do in their 20's and I did too but sold it because I was a single Mom and it was too much upkeep. I began though with buying that house to do some financial planning. I had not had credit in years. My credit scores became very good. I did not use my credit wisely because even at this late age in life I knew very little about managing my money. I knew how to survive as a single Mom and did a pretty good job of raising my children but I certainly never had a lot of extra money. So financial planning never really entered picture. Well, I digress, I did make some sacrifices to buy this house. I lived in with a lady for five years and saved money I would have paid on rent for a down payment on a house. I have been in this house since six years. I also have run up a great deal of debt. I have school loans which I finish my college degree at a very late date. They are as much as I would have paid for a house a few years ago. I also have quite a lot of credit card debt which was just plain living beyond my means. I now have bought a financial plan that gave me a strick plan to get out of debt and pay off my house within ten years. This is really first real planning I had done as far as aging went. The counselor said to me what is payoff for this plan? I just didn't know. Then I thought well what I want is to pay off all these debts and my house. Then next I want to sell my house and find another one in a less expensive area. I also began a plan of having three business online. If I could have my own online business which I could make a good living at then I could work from anywhere. I have not gone much beyond that. Now I guess my next steps are to work on business that I am going to try and build. Continue with my financial plan to pay off my debts. I also need to get a funeral plan, a will, a health care directive and write to my children what I would like done with my personal belongs. I have come across a site on immortality that I intend to explore completely. I thought that it was about wanting to live forever but more I read of it more I think it is about quality of life. I read a lot of other stuff In Encyclopedia of Aging, Palmore (1995) says that a comprehensive definition of successful aging "would combine survival (longevity), health (lack of disability), and life satisfaction (happiness)." (p. 914). Additionally, some gerontologists have discussed similar issues using different terms such as "adjustment" or "adaptation" to aging.
Aging Women And Body ImageWritten by Judi Singleton
Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on products, from vitamins to face creams, to stop aging. We worry about many things such as losing our memory, teeth, eyesight, hearing, sex drive, and ability to get around. Women can have special concerns about osteoporosis (thinning bones) and menopause. As we age, staying active and involved helps us to have a positive outlook on life. A healthy diet and regular exercise can ease common conditions like arthritis and can help prevent or control heart disease and high blood pressure.
In a society that places much value on youth, a woman's body image can be affected by aging