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Katherine Ellington


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What does aging well look and feel like? Do have elders in your life, work place and community who defy stereotypes and limitations?

October 1st is the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which celebrates achievements and contributions of older people make in our society as well as the economy. Those who age well often live well. The world is becoming healthier in some places with a 1 in 3 possibility of living until your 100 years old. It not just genes, but place matters for health. So let's talk aging well for the future.


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    Oct 10 2013: Hello again Katherine...nice to see you:>)

    The aging process looks and feels great to me....I'm getting close to 70:>) I have lots of friends in their 70s & 80s and a couple in the 90s. These are the folks I bike, hike, sail, kayak and enjoy life with. We are relatively healthy, because we keep moving through the life adventure with curiosity, joy, exercise and good eating habits. Everyone has challenges, and they/we do not focus on the challenges and limitations. Although we are well aware of the challenges, we focus on the beauty and joy in our world, with a great deal of gratitude:>)

    We just had an end of year banquet for our bike group a couple nights ago, and even though there have been several biking accidents, some other injuries, joint replacements, and surgeries in the group, everyone seems to focus on gratitude.

    You said it Katherine..."Those who age well often live well"......I find that to be true. I have enjoyed all the stages of the life adventure, including the challenges, and plan on enjoying everything until I take my last breath......I'll probably enjoy that too! It is really a state of mind, and we have a choice in each and every moment to enjoy it.....or not. we have a choice to focus on our limitations, or focus on the beauty and joy around us....with gratitude......it's a choice in every moment.
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      Oct 20 2013: Of course, this is a good model for well aging.
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        Oct 21 2013: Thank you Sean....it works well for me, and I follow in the footsteps of my mother, because I embrace many of her ideas, beliefs and practices:>)

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