In my last blog entry I talked about planning to age well regardless of circumstances rather than just leaving things to chance. Creating the right mindset for healthy aging is just as important as living a healthy lifestyle. Creating the right social and emotional environment is also important. This morning I talked to my friend Chris, who is overcoming lung cancer. Her blog post at www.sparklerwy.blogspot.com talks about being the CEO of your own recovery with your first duty to assemble a dynamite team of family, friends, and health professionals. I think this is a great approach to facing any type of personal challenge.
It’s also a great tool for positive aging. Evaluate your relationships to determine if they are predominately positive and uplifting, or negative and depleating. Consciously surround yourself with people who inspire, motivate and empower you to be your best self. Limit contact with those who deplete you in body/mind/spirit. Consider how those closest to you would likely respond to a health crisis. Would they hover and take-over-to-protect or support and cheer you on to greater accomplishment. Make your wishes clear NOW so If something does happen to threaten your wellness you have the advantage of being surrounded by family, friends and health care providers who share your views of empowerment and independence, regardless of challenges.