Lesson 1 - Get an Attitude
The time to start is now
"If I had known I was going to live this long,
I would have taken better care of myself."
Scientists who study aging have made the remarkable discovery that most of the changes commonly associated with old people are really not dependent on the passage of time, but rather they result from disuse of our bodies and minds.
It can be said that we are largely responsible for our old age. It may surprise you that scientists say that only 30% of the characteristics of aging are based on genetics. Genetics play their greatest role in health characteristics very early in life. The scientists tell us that 70% of the characteristics of aging are based on the choices we make every day - our personal lifestyle choices.
What's important is not how old we actually are, but how we are old. The trick is to shift our focus from staying young to aging with good health and vitality. Our attitude and our sense of control over our lives is the key in determining whether we just add years to our life or we add life to those years.