In the late 1970s, researchers did a fascinating study. They took eight men in their 70s for a five day stay at a retreat in New Hampshire. The men’s health was age-appropriate meaning that they were slow, bent and easily fatigued.
When the men arrived at the retreat, they found that it was decorated as the world looked to them in 1959 when they were in their 50s. Even the music was mid-century played on mid-century radios. The men were also treated like they would have been back then – they carried their own bags, got their own blankets. They kept the conversations to what they would have talked about in 1959. The researchers also removed all mirrors from the building so that the spell would not be broken.
At both the beginning and end of the five-day span, the researchers administered a series of physical and cognitive aptitude tests and on virtually all the test measures the men’s performance improved dramatically and in many cases their results were closer to what would be expected for men a decade or two younger.
So… if you think you’re old, that’s how you’ll feel and if you think you’re younger than your age, that how you’ll feel, too! What choice are you going to make? I’ve personally picked younger and even though I’m going to be 68 this month, I don’t look it, act it, or feel it!
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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