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The Alternative to Getting Old is Worse Than Getting Old

Posted Jul 30 2012 12:00am

The Alternative to Getting Old is Worse Than Getting Old

No truer words have ever been written. Getting old is not for the faint of heart, it's true, but it sure beats the alternative. Celebrating birthday after birthday is not a bad thing, though - with age comes wisdom and freedom and being comfortable in one's skin.

I embrace getting old - but that doesn't mean I'm going to toddle off into the sunset with nary a glance back or an acknowledgement of the difficulties I face. I can be a focused and aware woman who is secure in herself and takes the steps necessary to educate herself on the challenges that she faces.

Get Old is a platform developed by Pfizer to encourage and support those discussions of getting older and living better that we are all having. The site encourages us to reconsider what it means to get old. It focuses on helping readers improve the quality of their lives and investigates ways to add years to their lives. It's also a tremendous resource in terms of discussing the important health challenges facing society as a whole as our population ages.

Get Old is not just about dealing with the years at the end of your lifetime; it ís about the ongoing process of getting older. Aging is an important issue facing society, health care and government, in record numbers that we've never before experienced.. But getting old is not just about accumulating years ñ itís also about gaining experiences and wisdom as you go on. That old analogy of "Age Equals Wisdom" - you know, I now think there's something to it!

Pfizer, in partnership with Gallup and Robinson Research, took a poll as part of the Get Old platform, asking 1,000 people who are 18 to 65+ how they feel about getting old. One very interesting fact that surfaced? Not quite half of those surveyed - 42% - define themselves as a ìfree spiritî when it comes to aging,and the sentiment increases with age (ìfree spiritî defined as ìI don't think about it ñ I just take life as it comesî) That is DEFINITELY how I classify myself when it comes to aging. There's not much I can do about it, so I just go with it.

Getting old isn't without it's challenges, though. More of us will be caring for elderly parents then ever before, and most of us (source: study above) report feeling that it is our responsibility to care for those elderly family members financially.

I'd love to know your thoughts and feelings on aging. What do you do to combat those feelings of depression that can creep up when you feel that your life is passing you by?

All comments you leave on this post will be pooled from participating blogs for a chance to win one of three $500 SpaFinder gift cards.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Medical professionals who are licensed (or are otherwise authorized) to prescribe medications are not eligible to enter. While BlogHer encourages you to share your thoughts and experiences about getting older, comments discussing medical conditions and/or medical products are not permitted, may be deleted, and are invalid entries. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Be sure to check out the BlogHer.com Get Old page to find out more about the Get Old platform and read how other bloggers feel about aging!

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