By Cozette Eldridge

W.P. Co. Field Representative  

It’s possible to predict some events in the aging process, but as we get older, it’s often harder to guess a person’s age. A combination of lifestyle, genetics, and just plain luck influences how old a person appears to be. We all age differently and since we can’t control time, aging continues to happen.   External factors often play a role in how we feel about our age, even though we’re reacting to elements that are only appearance based. They can also impact how we’re perceived by others. As a result, many people are upset when they start to see signs of aging, especially when they feel young.                                                                                         

Although we know that we shouldn’t stress about these signs, sometimes it’s hard not to. Our society tends to view signs of aging as something to hide instead of celebrating.  

We don’t always recognize the rewards of this stage of life. Even when we’re told that 70 is the new 50, the underlying assumption is that being 50 is inherently better than being 70. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean accepting wrinkles and gray hair and learning to love them. Instead, aging gracefully means to pay attention to what makes you feel best. The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright said, “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”  

That outlook may not always be achievable when faced with setbacks or physical problems. It’s important to remember that focusing on the positive aspects of this stage of life can help make growing older easier. If graceful aging means adapting to changes in a way that reflects our personal values, then remaining positive, open, and flexible is key. Aging gracefully is definitely possible. We may need help to overcome certain challenges but growing older continues to have its own rewards.                                                                                                                                         

SENIOR CENTER MENU    FEBRUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 15                                                                                                                                          

MON. Salisbury Steak, Noodles/Onions/Gravy, Vegetables, Bread, Fruit                                                                                                                                         

TUES. Herb Pork Chops, Baked Yam, Green Beans, Roll, Pears                                                                                                                                      

WED. Broccoli/Cheese Soup, Sub Sandwich, Lettuce/Tomato, Carrot Raisin Salad, Fruit                                                                                                                                          

THUR. Baked Fish Fillet, Coleslaw, Green Salad, Fresh Fruit                                                                                                                                          

FRI. Nacho Tostados, Lettuce/Tomato/Onion, Beans, Fruit, Dessert