Some Secrets Of Successful Aging

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Building a healthy Paleo breakfast, a website, business or old age, depends on the right attitude (and a little help from your friends).

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill.

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At 70 years of age, I seem to be doing well, and my attitude to love is that love is an action not a word.

At 70 years of age, I seem to be doing well, and my attitude to love is that love is an action not a word. Photo by Rory.

When aging can be such a pain in the butt, what is successful aging?

One answer is, attitude!

As you live your life you are building the road map of your reality. You can create a happy, positive world in your head, or a miserable, negative one. It’s up to you, almost irrespective of your circumstances – I can hear some people saying, “That’s alright for you to say, but you don’t suffer from what I do, …” Well, it’s probably true that I don’t suffer from what you do, but if you look out into the world you’ll find people who overcome challenges that would make anyone quail.

How about Jean-Dominique Bauby, for instance!

We can add learning from the inspiration of others to our recipe for successful aging.

A more recent example of inspiration is Bill Vick, diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in 2011. Bill is fighting his situation head on through diet, exercise and a positive attitude. Bill was found to be suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (PF), and his response was as follows:

“Since the research I did said that there was no cure on the horizon, that PF is an autoimmune response, and that a combination of diet, exercise, and stress reduction could overcome an autoimmune response. I went to Dr. Google…”

If you’re looking for inspiration to fight one of life’s challenges, you can read Bill’s interesting interview at this link. By the way, Bill is 74, and he isn’t taking aging lying down, so why should you?

In addition to attitude, include diet and exercise for successful aging.

For me a healthy diet is a low carb, high fat diet, with lots of vegetables and berries.

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

An inspiring and encouraging book for older adults.

If you want to exercise your body safely, especially as you get to be older, I would include training in body awareness, using the Feldenkrais Method, in your plans for successful aging.

To exercise your mind, just keep learning and doing something different, and stay involved in your community.

We can add mental and body awareness to our list for success as we age.

I bet that you can add a few more?

-k @FitOldDog



  1. “I am bored of it all” Last words of Churchill

  2. IN early 1960s I visited Janet in North London. I walked a long way back and near Finsbury Park I stopped and waited for the lights to change so I could cross a main road. A limo stopped in front of me and there was Churchill. As I was in uniform I saluted. He looked through me like I was not there. The traffic was heavy and very slow and he looked really bored then. Even when bored he had very penetrating eyes. He died not so very long after that.

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