The picture above is of my granddaughter Alice May, who at only 3 months of age clearly indicates an enquiring expression. It reminds me of the miracle of new life and how privileged we are in this country to possibly enjoy a long life. In fact our longevity is increasing to the extent that middle age for many extends to 80 years of age. Charles Kovess 2nd passion point has some useful tips for staying young at heart and in mind. I have reproduced it below.
A Passion Point to Ponder 8 March 2006.
Welcome to the 2nd Passion Point for 2006. Our goal with these Passion Points continues to be to provoke you so that your business, and the rest of your life, become filled with more passion, performance, and improved balance of mental, physical, and spiritual elements. A special welcome to the many new subscribers who have recently joined our passionate community.
RETHINK YOUR ATTITUDE TO AGEING WITH THIS 7 POINT PLAN”
It's official--old age has been postponed. In a speech to the 2005 British Association Science Conference, Professor Ian Robertson, Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin Institute of Neuroscience, told his audience that old age now begins at 80. "This leaves 30 years-roughly between 50 and 80, a period much longer than youth-for which we have to invent a whole new way of living." Professor Robertson considers the years between 50 and 80 to be the new prime of life, and 80 the new 60.
Professor Robertson, also known as "The Mind Doctor", and author of several books, has conducted extensive research on the brain, concluding that it is shaped by experience, learning and thinking. Importantly, what we do after turning 50 strongly influences our faculties. Professor Robertson concludes that, with the improvement in health care for the over-50s, "thebiggest remaining obstacle to long life is the fitness of brain and mind". He has formulated a Seven Point Plan to keep the brain young:
1) Aerobic fitness is fundamental to body and mind.The longer you stay fit, the sharper your mindbecomes. Exercise increases key brain chemicals which encourages new growth and development.
2) Mental stimulation, such as doing crosswords or Sudoko, helps grow new brain cells.
3) New learning has profound physiological effects on the brain. Learning should be for life and, as Professor Robertson puts it " The more you learn, the more you can learn."
4) Avoid stress, it can be a major negative, especially on the memory.
5) Diet and nutrition are fundamental-a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish has many benefits.
6) Social interaction helps mental sharpness.
7) Thinking young. Thoughts influence behaviour—you are what you think you are.Despite Professor Robertson's evidence, in a recent UK survey, many respondents saw youth beginning at 49 and old age at 60. Unless these people change their thoughts they will follow their views, becoming old at 60.
"As a Man Thinketh" is old wisdom; it is the title of a book by James Allen first published in 1902 but, as Professor Robertson's scientific research demonstrates, wisdom never dates or ages. Whether we are wise depends on how we think--and age.
QUOTES TO CONSIDER"
If you start to think of yourself as old when you are 60, which is no longer justified, you will behave old." Professor Ian Robertson (born 20th century), Dean of Research Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College, Dublin.
What do your thoughts justify; do you just sigh, or try different behaviour?
"As a man thinketh in his heart so is he." James Allen (1864-1912), English author.
In your heart do you start to think anew?
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