Most of us wish to stay young forever and dream of bodies that defy chronological age and careers that last a life time. Scientific advancements, medical innovations and changing cultural ethos are prompting us to do everything possible to reverse the aging process in all spheres of life.
Let us not be like the kings of past like Shantanu and Yayati from Mahabharata who despite growing old chronologically were unwilling to renounce their desire for youthful exuberance. Ageing is a natural phenomenon and must be embraced rather than treated like an ailment, it is physical change but not mental. Physical limitation is no longer a disabling aspect of life – all one needs is a developed mind and capacity to think and learn anew.
In old age a man’s experience, knowledge and maturity increases, offering him multifaceted ways to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. Studies have shown that in old age the mind continues to produce as many neurons as it did at an earlier age. Senior Citizens remain more cognitively and emotionally intact than commonly believed. The world can benefit greatly from the planning skills and wisdom of the aged, thus enabling man to pass on his wisdom to succeeding generations.
The key aspect of old age is maturity, not longevity. It is just a number and not a state of mind or a reason for any type of particular behavior, it is a journey of experiences and wisdom so let us accept it with grace.
– Mamta V Hemdev