Keys to Staying Young #5: Life Begins at Forty, So Start Counting Backwards

This week, I’m posting a tip each day on staying young and healthy.

#5 Life Begins at Forty If you were born before 1962, start counting your birthdays backwards each year. You might even begin looking forward to your birthdays again. “30” will be the new 50.

When we were in our 20s, my friend, Stan and I put together a list of things we hoped to accomplish by age 30. I’m looking forward to my next “30” and a second try at some of those things that I still want to do.

This moving backwards is not far off the reality of aging. All of us who work in geriatrics see the grand reversals over time. Adult children become the caregivers of aging or disabled parents; they tuck them in at night, look after their financial affairs, accompany them for all medical appointments, speak as their advocates, look after the meals and the household, and sometimes must feed and change them.

Keep flossing and brushing so that you will have more teeth when you are five again, and if you are lucky enough to be one again, let’s hope that you won’t need diapers and spoonfeeding.

Next: Calculate Your Realage

This Friday, October 21st at 7 pm, as part of the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care’s Dialogue on Aging Public Presentation Series, I will be speaking on “The Positive Potential of Caregiving: Surviving, Thriving & Finding Meaning” at the Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 West 41st Avenue (at Oak Street) in Vancouver.

Caring for a loved one is a special challenge. I will present a caregiver’s guide to healthcare: the challenges of caregiving, care of the caregiver, seeing the whole person and finding meaning as we weave together the tapestry of our lives. You can register for this free presentation online or by phone 604-877-8335.

For more on healthy living and positive change, listen to my Positive Potential Medicine podcast at wgrnradio.



About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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