Age as a state of mind
To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.
Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebook of Lazarus Long
We’ve all heard the expression “set in their ways” – which is the other side of the coin to Heinlein’s observation.
There’s growing scientific evidence that “age” is a state of mind far more than it is a symptom of passing time. If the mind can influence how rapidly your body ages, even if it can slow the rate of decay by a fraction of the time we live, (and the evidence tends to suggest this) then the more we understand the connection between mind and body, theoretically, the more we can prevent aging all by ourselves—no medical intervention needed.
It starts with attitude and – as Heinlein observes, above – with a willingness to change and adapt.