In Germany the number of the centenarians has more than doubled within the last 15 years. The fact that these centenarians today are spiritually and physically fitter than those of former generations, is found by a representative investigation of researchers of the university of Heidelberg which they made with people at the age of 100 years in and around Heidelberg.
The study showed a comprehensive picture of centenarians and their life situation. It appears that psychological strengths such as will to live, meaning of life and optimism are more important for a high quality of life and inner contentment than performance ability or health.
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Tomorrow the world will celebrate the International Day of Older Persons. The theme this year is: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages.
This theme expresses exactly what esteem is all about. A society for all ages means all ages receive esteem equally. Giving esteem toward older persons makes them feel an important part of society.
Being retired from active working life shouldn’t mean that older persons get less attention and esteem.
Older persons deserve esteem as much as anyone else. The International Day of Older Persons reminds us to give esteem toward elderly, whether they are members of our family or strangers, by giving them independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity.
The definition of “elderly” always depends on the age of the person who’s speaking. For a child, anyone older than 20 is elderly. For teenagers, people over 30 are considered “old”.
This is clearly a perception of what constitutes “elderly” from outside appearances. What about the perception of age from the inside? How old do we feel?
Sometimes we feel older than we really are and sometimes we feel much younger than our birthday otherwise tells us.
In any case our perceived age is always reflected in our personal expression. Walking through life with esteem makes everybody feel and look younger.
Esteem makes us feel good because we get appreciation. Feeling good is the best way to define our age as we want it. We do the same for others by giving them esteem.
There is no age limit for esteem.
When I think about esteem in our daily life I don’t distinguish between esteem given toward children and toward adults.
Esteem is ageless. This means that given esteem doesn’t depend on the age of the person getting it.
Esteem isn’t given for certain actions or outer behaviors. That’s why little children can get the same esteem as older people.
Children, teens, adults and elderly – everybody deserves to get genuine esteem.
More than a third of people over age 70 have some form of memory loss. This includes all those who still are able to manage daily activities.
What could be a reason for loss of memory other than health reasons?
We keep our knowledge vital and active when we use it frequently. It’s the same with our ability to memorize. The more we use our memory the more we make it strong and strengthened.
Giving esteem to our elderly fellow persons means that we integrate them into life as much as they desire it. With it they feel themselves precious with the knowledge they gathered through whole life. Therefore they are happy and interested in everything that is going on. Is there a better way to keep the ability of memory strong?