I googled this title and up came a host of websites on anti-aging. Everything from skincare to nutritional supplements. Two things strike me as odd about the list of "experts" that appear. One – rather than focusing on how to maximize vitality in all aspects of aging, there is a heavy focus on somehow "defying" or holding the outward signs of aging at bay. Two- having worked in the field of aging and wellness for the past 20 years I know most of the genuine experts in aging and wellness and none of them show up in the first few pages of the list!
We're all aware that the internet is a "searcher beware" environment but I want to encourage extra caution when searching for information about aging and wellness. Some people are very good at creating credible looking websites and choose phrases based on what they think a "searcher" wants to here. Make your first stop the biography section to learn the educational background and experience of individuals claiming to be experts. There are some great resources out there and some amazing new information about how lifestyles can dramatically impact the aging experience. Notice, I said lifestyles, not products. So that should be your first clue, when someone is touting a miracle product that will defy aging. I appreciate you stopping by my blog and during the next couple of weeks I'll put links (from my blog and website at www.kayvannorman.com) to other organizations and individuals with credible experience and expertise in aging and wellness. My goals is to help you find the motivation and quality resources necessary to build a plan for optimal aging.
Right now there is a contest at MORE magazine (for women over 40) that asks women to state why 40+ is the best time of their lives. I've really enjoyed reading the essays because they show that, while the overall cultural attitude towards aging hasn't changed much, individual people are realizing the power they have to stay healthy and active for their whole lifespan. It's great to see people embracing their ability to age well through healthy lifestyles and positive expectations. Every voice who rejects the negative myths of aging adds to the new "chorus" of adults who are proving that attitudes, expectations and actions drive outcomes – not just the passage of time.