Friday, November 06, 2009

Sonal Sheth is a Trustee of Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity (WMPP) She is connected to 'Women Graduate's Union' which was started in 1915.
I was invited by her to a Session they were conducting on 'Productive Ageing'

Amita Lavekar said:
We are moving from elderly to well dearly

You lead a 'productive life' when you 'contribute'
Maintain an active interest in life
Ageing does not happen at 60...It happens right from the moment that you are conceived in the womb...(so why make a big deal of it?)

Few age uniformly in the following 6 fields, so what we are trying to say is that many skills remain as one ages...

The 6 Fields that very few age uniformly in:
chronological, Biological, Social, Functional, Performance, Cognitive...

Whatever strengths you have should be strengthened further...

Indifference of the Soul is what we need to worry about more than the ageing of the body...

To get attached to the past is dangerous...

A bored adult can be dangerous for the community...

Help your Society and Community...

Ms Naini Setalwad (Nutrition and Ageing Dietician said:

Cook the way you cook...but add:
Garlic (it prevents knee pain)
Also add:
Onion, bananas, olive oil, turmeric, nuts, prunes...

Then I just got this email:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning.Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7.. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips.Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

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