I was listening to a religious radio station (EWTN) today. It talked about people increasing their spirituality as they age. Is spirituality the only that can improve with age?
Physically we know that as we age we are not able to do the things we used to do. We may be in good health, but we are unable to perform at the levels we did early in our lives.
Mentally is a mixed bag. Some lose memory to age-related diseases before they achieve the status of being an elder. Others, like my 95-year-old neighbor who passed away this year kept his mind sharp till the final hours.
Emotionally can also be tricky to forecast during those later years. We like to think we keep everything under control. Maybe, in some cases, we know a losing battle and choose to not fight those battles anymore. Emotions are closely tied to our mental health. As goes our mental health, so goes our emotional health.
I’ll choose to stop with the big three – mental, emotional and physical for comparisons to our spiritual lives. Yet, all three of them (mental, emotional and physical) can be improved as we grow older. Many mental problems (ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, etc.) are associated with diet.
Grain Brain, by Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D., discusses the successes he has had with changes in diet and the changes in mental and emotional health of his patients. Diet is a determiner for so many things in our lives. We treat ourselves well (nutritionally speaking) and we can expect great results. Yet, many of us don’t know exactly how to treat ourselves properly from a nutritionally perspective.
My exposure to the elderly in care facilities or in home care shows that nutrition is not high on the list for true health care. Probably because care facilities and care providers don’t understand the real needs of the human body for optimal health.
It’s a three-stage process. You must become aware of what is required, become knowledgeable on the levels needed for your individual situation and then take the appropriate action to make sure it happens.