Ageing

All creatures age, we know it in our very bones, but we often walk backwards towards old age. The links below explore aspectects of growing into elderhood.

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Ageism - Let's Combat It!

Having established beyound doubt that we face a mountain range of prejudice as we age (see Ageism section below) let's take it on and work to change the false opinions and perception peddled by media amd marketing, big pharma and government. See also the resources section listing books that explore positive ageing. See below for articles and papers regarding ageism.

Ageing Better UK: “Our goal is to see an increase in the proportion of people aged 50 and over who report they feel they strongly belong to their neighbourhood.”

Independent Age: Helping older people maintain their indendence.

WHO: “Global Campaign to Combat Ageism”

The Harvard Business Review: “we often evaluate people based on their age, and this is now becoming a major challenge in the workplace.”

Transitions – All Change

The links below point to articles and papers on change and impermanence.

Ten ways to handle change and transitions in our lives: "this collection of blogs touches upon personal experiences and feelings towards preparing for 60s and beyond."

A Buddhist view on change: "change is always both good and bad, because change, even when it is refreshing, always entails loss. Nothing new appears unless something old ceases."

Supporting transitions in later life: "Around the world, we see a growing recognition that there’s little resource or knowledge on how to plan emotionally and psychologically for transitions in later life."

Diet

Healthy eating is crucial to well being and no less so as we become elders. Some useful aspects of diet and ageing from respected research and health organisations:

Feeding your body and mind as you age "No matter your age or your previous eating habits, it’s never too late to change your diet and improve the way you think and feel."

W.H.O. Nutrition for older persons: "By 2025, the number of older persons worldwide is expected to reach more than 1.2 billion."

Good Nutrition for the Older Person: "10 Simple Dietary Guidelines To Help You Stay Well Into Older Age".

The Nutrition Society: "Nutrition can play a key role in determining healthy ageing, with the relationship a bi-directional and complex one."

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Health

"There is no ‘typical’ older person. Some 80 year-olds have physical and mental capacities similar to many 20 year-olds." WHO.

WHO: Ageing and Health "A longer life brings with it opportunities, not only for older people and their families, but also for societies as a whole."

Mayo Clinic: "Wonder what's considered a normal part of the aging process?"

Age UK: 10 tips for ageing better.

Ageing and health in Norway.

Pain

Experiencing pain is part of being alive but it is only us humans who are able to make it worse by ruminating on our pain. Buddhist psychology talks of the second arrow, the first arrow is the actual pain, be it physical or emotional, and the second arrow can be fired by our thoughts about the pain.

Psychology Today: Mindfulness can reduce chronic pain by 90 percent.

Mindful: Mindfulness as a treatment for pain.

John Cabot_Zinn pioneered a meditative approach used all over the world to treat pain and depression.

Suffering

The Four Noble Truths liberate us from suffering.

Suffering in old age Els van Wijngaarden.

John Harris "We need to talk about ageing."

Ram Dass: "For most people, when you say that suffering is Grace it seems off the wall to them."

Death

We may stop paying taxes as we age out of paid employment but we can rely on the other certainty.

Time: Accepting your mortality: how to become less afraid of death.

Lifehacker: "You're going to die here's how to deal with it."

Ronya Banks: "Death and Dying" a buddhist perspective.

Buddhaweekly: Learning how to die.

Dying Matters: "help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life."

Ageism

Ageism is endemic in Western society, it deeply effects the emotional, mental and physical well being of middled aged and older people. It is particularly sad that many of us older folk don't realise how much we have bought into the societal view of later life.

The articles and papers referenced below look at various aspects of ageism experienced by many older folk in our villages, towns and cities.

Age UK: "It’s important that ageism is tackled to make sure that nobody loses out because of their age."

The Centre for Ageing Better: “One in three people within the UK report experiencing age prejudice or age discrimination.”

The Human Rights Commission: Age discrimination, advice and guidance.

The Guardian: “We love the elders in our lives and we all hope to grow old, so why does this personal interest not translate to public policy?”

Royal Society for Public Health: “How attitudes to ageing affect our health and wellbeing.”

The Guardian: “no one, it seems, is ever “called out” for ageism”

ACAS: "Age discrimination at work - treating someone unfairly because of age - is against the law"

Report for Age Concern: How Ageist is Britain (PDF))


Tin mine, Cornwall

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