How do you feel about aging?
- I fear aging and fight it every step of the way. (1 point)
- I accept aging as better than the alternative. (3 points)
- I look forward to learning more every year and believe there’s more to learn every day. (10 points)
Do you participate in activities you used to enjoy?
- My life went in a different direction and there’s no use looking back at what it could have been if I had made different choices. (1 point)
- I like to reminisce about activities I used to do, but that was too long ago. (3 points)
- I every day I try to make time for the things I love and getting a chance to do things I used to do rejuvenate me. (10 points)
How about lifelong wishes?
- I often feel I take two steps forward and one step back. (1 point)
- I have a bucket list, and maybe someday I’ll get to it.
- I live life like there’s no tomorrow so I’ll have no regrets.
Do you exercise your mind?
- Senility is a normal part of aging, and I fear losing my identity when I lose my mind. (1 point)
- I have a 50/50 chance – so I’ll take the odds. (3 points)
- I know that if you don’t use it, you lose it and I love to stimulate my neurons with new challenges every day. (10 points)
Are you socially active?
- Old people like me are cranky and mean; young people are noisy and disrespectful. I’m better off with the cat and the TV. (1 point)
- I like my family, but it seems that people today are living in a different world than I’m used to (3 points)
- Between family, community, faith groups and volunteering, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. (10 points)
Do you help the next generation?
- I just don’t understand kids today – their music, their pants, their language, and they seem to totally engrossed in technology, which I also don’t understand. (1 point)
- My grandkids make me happy; other people’s kids are too hyper. (3 points)
- I love learning from today’s younger people and I enjoy mentoring them; it gives me a sense of accomplishment while keeping me active. (10 points)
Have you resolved unfinished business?
- Some things you can’t forgive—or forget, and I don’t do either. (1 point)
- I’m open to resolving old hurts if someone approaches me and opens the door. (3 points)
- I don’t want to live with regret. I try hard to fix broken relationships, or at least make peace with them. (10 points)
Do you share concerns and questions about aging with your doctor?
- If there’s something I need to know, my doctor will tell me. (1 point)
- Sometimes; but sometimes I don’t want to hear what s/he’s going to tell me. (3 points)
- I want to understand everything about how my body is changing so I can keep doing the things that are important to me as long as possible. (10 points)
Are you financially prepared to have a quality of life you enjoy?
- What I have is what I will spend. (1 point)
- I have money for necessities but will have to make do with that (3 points)
- I have already figured out what’s important for me to keep and what I can let go to make sure there’s enough money for me to enjoy my life as much as possible. (10 points)
Have you prepared for end of life decisions?
- I don’t want to think about that. (1 point)
- I told my spouse/children/best friend what I want. They’ll take care. (3 points)
- I am in charge of my life, and I have advance directives, a Living Will and a health care decision maker designated and my family and friends have copies and know my wishes. I don’t want to leave this to someone else to guess about. (10 points)
10-20 points – Longevity is not a punishment! Start exploring some of these areas so that your heart is warmed and your eyes open to the wonders of the 3rd Age.
21-60 points – Do not go gentle into that good night! Boldly challenge yourself to reconsider some of your worries and fears about aging – you’ll sleep better if you do.
61-100 points – You’re going to be a SUPER SENIOR! You will understand the joys of human development at any stage and age of life. Keep up your great spirit of humanity.
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10 Keys to Successful Aging
by Bonnie B. Gauthier, MA, President & CEO of Hebrew HealthCare