Don’t you just hate hearing that you peaked when you in your thirties? I mean how depressing is that? Of course you can’t argue with genetics and more aches and pains are a given, but deep down I bet you still feel like you are twenty-six. How import is this “peaking” thing anyway. If I remember right, the first 30 years weren’t all that great either, but to think that the rest is all downhill is a hard pill to swallow. Look at it this way; it is more important to feel the age that you “want to be” than the age that you actually are. Forget about that first gray hair and concentrate on the good stuff. Studies reveal that older people perceive themselves as being 13 years younger than they actually are. This is a good thing. People who feel younger than they are tend to live longer and enjoy life more, and so it should be. Do you act and feel old because you think it is expected of you? If this is the case, it is time to reset and think about the good times ahead. The trick is to ignore all of the negative hype about being old and just get on with your life. You may not be able to do the same things you could do a few years ago but that doesn’t mean you can’t find new and interesting things to occupy your mind. The topic today is how to avoid feeling old when your knees pop and chronic illnesses are getting you down? • Physical activity (keep on moving). • Mental stimulation (keep on learning). • Nutrition (eat with your health in mind). • Reduce stress (you may need help with this one if you are a chronic worrier). • Take good care of yourself and expand your social network; cultivate friends from every age group. How you feel about your age defines who you are. You will not be young forever, but small lifestyle changes can make you feel like you are.