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Evolving at Eighty: Part 1

 Call it evolving- or call it adapting - but remaining active and viable past the age of eighty requires a boatload of changes. 

"You can't tweak your little finger without your brain initiating the action." -- Tom Lane

Everything starts with your brain. Having passed the 80-mark half-a-year ago, I spend a good amount of time pondering how I will fill the next day. This is as basic as it gets.

Spending eight decades on this earth creates a lot of habits - both good and bad. Lethargy wants to take you out of the action, and it needs to be fought. A lazy lifestyle is a killer and will take you out sooner than later.

"Lack of curiosity in older folks separates them from the younger set." -- Tom Lane

I learn more from my mistakes and those of others than I do from success. Daily movement is critical. Mental stimulation is vital. Living in the past on previous glories and not getting out of your comfort zone creates a downward slide. 

My family members (dad, mom, brother, sister) died at an average age of 49. None lived past 64. Cancer, heart disease and neuromuscular diseases took them. I have survived the first two maladies and (thus far) avoided the third killer. 

"Liking yourself and your life is critical for long-term survival." -- Tom Lane

I will be writing about basic survival, adaption, filling your day, slowing the years, getting in shape, testing your mind and getting out of your comfort zone. Join me. I have much to tell you - for those that will listen.


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