From Anonymous comes this advice. Four tips leading to a balance of physical, emotional and social life in old age.
Q. Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer.
A. Eat and drink in moderation, exercise, smile, and don’t be afraid to tell others that you care.
Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. Looking back, I can see more clearly the importance of those activities.
Q. How old are you?
A. Closer to 64 than 75
Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. Not sure; I probably internalized some things that I read or that friends/family told me. I often believed advice but wasn’t always able to follow through.
Anonymous’s reply to that last question is pretty interesting and is probably a common experience, I imagine. But hey, if it’s party time in your household, it’s worth remembering the golden rule of moderation.
P.S. In old age, nature helps: my body says loud and clear, No! You cannot handle that extra helping of pudding, and don’t you dare take another glass of wine! Moderation = self-preservation.