How To Slow Down Old Age



I'm not particularly worried about getting old as I intend to spend the twilight of my years as disgracefully as I can. I say "getting old" but I'm afraid I have to admit to myself that I have "got old".

Even so, I have made sure daytime TV, milk puddings, elastic stockings and discussing my health with random strangers do not figure in my life. 

In fact, you could well see me out and about in an Afghan coat, platform shoes and bell bottom trousers. If you do, don't assume I have lost my few remaining marbles, I will be endeavouring to slow down my gallop into old age.

Let me explain, I recently read some research which found that recreating your heyday could trick your mind into thinking you were living in that era and your body would follow suit.



The subjects of this research began the study with varying degrees of immobility and ill health. They were taken back to the 1970s, spending a week in a house which  had all the trappings of that glorious era, complete with a Teasmade, fondue set, pineapple and cheese on sticks, swirly wallpaper and lurid carpets. They were cut off from contemporary television and newspapers.

They began to forget their aches and pains and get a new lease of life as they not only remembered their glory days but began to live them all over again. It was quite uplifting and showed how important a positive mental attitude is when it comes to ageing. The six went through a battery of physical tests when they started the experiment and again when they left the house. All of them showed a significant improvement.



The study was run by Professor Ellen Langer who passionately believes we can all be healthier in old age. As there are more people in the UK over 80 than there are under 16, it is vital to improve the health of the elderly.

I've decided to drift back to the 1970s too and wear those clothes I mentioned early. So I'm on the lookout for some "props". If anyone has an eight-track player, fondue set or Betamax video recorder tucked away in their attic, let me know - I'll be round on my Lambretta to pick them up.







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12 comments:

  1. Oh, no, does that mean I have to relive my bar hopping and man shopping days in the '70s?

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  2. Ah there is hope yet. Still in the 70's I was a bit of a party girl. Like Jean, not sure I can handle that now:))

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    1. Get back in those hot pants and platform shoes and you'll be a new woman!

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  3. I have plenty of pictures from the '70s. Do I have to wear what I wore then? I mean, I don't think any of it would fit anymore... Did I mention that I was in elementary school in the '70s? (But I won't go back to the '80s. Nope. Can't make me do it.)

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    1. My 70s clothes definitely wouldn't fit me anymore! I quite liked the 80s, personally if not fashionwise!

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  4. That coat looks very warm, but you can keep the bell bottoms. I never wore those. Nor did I ever wear platform shoes or boots. I was a sneakers girl then and still am now, and I'll be back into my jeans as soon as I lose 10kg. I still feel young, so I guess that helps.

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    1. My sister, who is 78 and still doing triathlons, says age is just a number!

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  5. I'd feel younger if I had my 1970's hair back.

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    1. I've still got hair - but I am a woman! Most men look quite distinguished with little or no hair!

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  6. That is interesting. I will just keep feeling old- I am not giving up my internet. :)

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  7. That last post about sex ed has me thinking that it would be best for me to be put in a secluded house with a willing younger man. I'm already forgetting my minor aches and pains. lol But my marriage vows are bringing me back to reality, which isn't so bad since he's such a good guy.

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