As we age, it' s far too easy to forgo activities due to physical limitations. For me the process started in college where a doctor told me that if I kept playing basketball I would irreparably tear up my ankles. The constant sprains were a wake up call. I've strained my ankle ligaments since while hiking and playing tennis but have had fewer tears than caused by my frequent jaunts to the Indoor Athletic Building for fiercely contested pick-up games.
Still nursing back issues, today I walk Venice Beach more than I run. I get in a decent workout but one of my great joys is pausing with camera in hand to try to capture the beauty in my backyard.
Richard Mann, one of the older athletes in the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," no longer flies on the Venice Beach rings as he did on camera for me at the age of 57, but he doesn't let recent health issues discourage him. Lately both of us have been inspired by the winter clouds painting the sky in our neighborhood and have endeavored to capture the beauty through photography. I've posted a few of my favorite recent images here.
Creativity has a powerful anti-aging effect. Its impact was thoroughly explored in the work of a Massachusetts born Harvard graduate, Gene C. Cohen, MD, director of the Center of Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University. In a two-year study of healthy senior citizens sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, he found that those who engaged in painting, writing, poetry, jewelry-making or singing in a choir had better overall physical health, visited the doctor less frequently, took less medication and had fewer health problems than a control group that didn’t participate in creative activities. Cohen authored, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life.
This month I offer my significant other, Carolisa Pomerantz, heartfelt congratulations for gaining a life milestone, fully vested retirement, which I prefer to think of as a renaissance, a rebirth so that she can live more creatively herself.
Don't forget to watch the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," now also available with other anti-aging DVDs on ReverseAging.TV. Anti-Aging Diary c. 2014 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki - webmaster (photo of Paul Suchecki by Richard Mann other shots by Paul Suchecki, all rights reserved.)