Aging is a Great Blessing

vpaulose By vpaulose, 11th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/evh_tsox/
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People are more worried about aging. They want to be young forever. But the evening of life is really a great blessing.

Aging is not a curse, it is a blessing


Aging is a blessing. Aging is a natural process. As the saying goes, "Old wood is best to burn; old friends best to trust; old wine best to drink; old authors best to read," the wisdom that is gained by aging is the guiding star of future. Aging is associated with wisdom and the elders pass on their wisdom to successive generations. Hence one need not fear about aging.

The paradox of aging

Healthy aging means aging not only in biological conditions, but also growing younger and energetic in mind. We have seen a lot of old people running about cheerfully carrying out tremendous works. How is it possible? It is because their mind is young and active, though physically they may appear wrinkled and invalid. It is the natural phenomenon that makes the skin of the body wrinkle, body functions totter and diseases invade trying to cripple body and mind. But if one tries to keep himself cheerful and busy, he can keep his mind and soul young and active. This is the paradox of aging.

Understand aging


Gerontology, the study of aging, is a relatively new science that is making incredible progress during the recent years. Scientists look at aging in two angles: first aging as a natural process in the body and secondly aging as a result of damage which is accumulated over time. They have found out that aging is a complex interaction of genetics, chemistry, physiology and behavior.

To a common man the concept of aging is a process that means declining health, muscle loss, increased body fat, decreased energy, low sex drive and foggy thinking.

The causes of aging


1) Process of body cells
Aging does not mean only the age above sixty. Actually aging begins at conception. A human life begins at the very moment of conception when the embryo is formed. Cells begin to multiply and growth of the body starts. But after certain time these production of cells begins to diminish and the body moves towards
decay.

2) Biochemical changes in the body
The body is continually undergoing many complex biochemical reactions which cause damage and, ultimately, aging in the body. For example, excess sugars in the blood stream can cause protein molecules to literally stick together and damage cells.

3) Hormone secretion reduced
The hormones in the body change as we age, causing many shifts in organ systems and other functions. They cause changes at every stage of human life, including causing susceptibility to diseases.

4) Decline in the immune system
Weakening of the body systems causes various problems. The cells take longer time to replenish in older people and their ability to function declines as the immune system also becomes weaker due to aging.

5) Lifestyle changes
Life style change, such as lack of exercises, more sedentary life, emotional imbalance, etc. causes much damage in old age. Modern TV and computer

6) Diet in aging
Diet plays a vital role in aging. Free radicals are said to be the causes of aging. They are like rust of the body. Lack of antioxidants in diet causes damage through free radicals. Hence people have to be more careful about their diet.

7) Emotional causes
Depression, fear about future, anger, worries, and other negative feelings and emotions make aging problematic.

8) Health hazards in the environment quicken aging
Health hazards in the environment such as pollution, tobacco smoke, radiation and some chemicals emit extreme toxin substances contaminating the nature. Alcohol and drugs, including some medicines taken for diseases, also are dangerous health hazards. These health hazards quicken aging.

Welcome the evening of life with a smile

Aging is an inevitable part of life. Everyone should welcome it with a smile and spend it cheerfully. As Rabbi Hara E. Person of Massachusetts says, "Old age is a Sabbath of life. Let us change our concept of the cycle of life, and allow for a Sabbath at the end. These years, too, are part of human existence, created in the image of God. Becoming a great-grandparent, celebrating a ninetieth birthday, witnessing the productive adulthood of grandchildren, let us spend this Sabbath cheerfully."

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Dec 2011 (#)

Aging and the blessing of aging is most certainly a paradox.

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author avatar savaswriter
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Excellent work, I agree.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear Savas.

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author avatar Retired
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Aging is a blessing long as it is within the age of the person i.e. you wouldnot want a 20 year old looking like an 80 year old would you???
There are many people who have the problem due to their hormonal and blood disorders apart from other physical reasons such as drugs, alcohol, abuse and sometimes excessive sunburn too. This does mean their genetics may have been modified and the plagued with ailments. They end up being albino, with white hair, wrinkled skin, sometimes Red Eyes too. They bone may also have problems with arthritis and what not aging them before their time.
With these people, unfortunately, aging is not a blessing it is a curse and they resort to physical abuse like plastic surgery etc. to give themselves the looks and the beauty that they need for the real age that they are and at times end up disfiguring themselves too.
But if it is with age, its perfection to experience gathered along the road of life.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Either they are deceived by age or age deceives them. They do not come into this limit of aging.

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author avatar rama devi nina
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Definitely a paradox. Wisdom is more precious than Youth, in the long run.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear sister RD

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author avatar Madan G Singh
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Timely reminder VP

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear Buzz.

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author avatar Emanuela
12th Dec 2011 (#)

I really like your input!

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear friend.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Good focus on wisdom that we gain from healthy aging. Thank you, namaste.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear brother Neeraj.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank God I'm still young..lol. Excellent post, vp.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear Buzz.

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Dec 2011 (#)

I love this article! Apart from a recent stupid injury, I feel more active and more in control and enjoying life than at any other stage in my life. Love the bit comparison humans to old wood, old wine, old books

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear Val Mills.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Lovely. you make me feel better about my creaking bones.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you dear sister Sheila.

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author avatar Shannon
25th Jan 2012 (#)

what are the proofs/facts that ageing is considered as a blessing and not a burden for the society?

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