A colleague mentioned premature aging as a possible blog topic. I’m not familiar with that area so I did a quick Google search. The top thing was the official Site of Cindy Crawford’s anti-aging skincare products and I decided that was not quite it.  The second item linked me to Progeroid syndromes (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progeroid_syndromes). This was the area I sought but I quickly discovered I’ll need an expert Guest Blogger to write about these disorders. One aspect of premature aging did appeal to me and was within my range of speculation.

happy dance guyI was thinking about people who start to act old when they are still quite young. This phenomena was more obvious to me when I was a kid. I recall friends of my parents who really acted old when they were actually under sixty. Now, my generation has aged slower than my parents’ generation (60 is the new 40) so some of that “acting old” was probably physiological but I really think a lot of it was psychological in origin.

I catch myself occasionally wondering if I still have time left (at the moderately young age of 68) to finish a long term project or if my entertainment interests are “too young” for me. Am I too old to climb trees? Should I start being more careful lest I fall and break a hip? Is my eyesight going and should I not drive at night? Should I switch to decaf? It seems there can be a myriad of things to consider and to compensate for as I approach my autumn (winter?) years.

Fiddlesticks! While those are probably things to consider in a mindful way, I just cannot bring myself to worry about them. And worry seems to be a critical component of actual aging. The more one worries and stays in a stressful state the older one gets (See Sapolsky et al.).

So, I propose to keep doing what’s fun and interesting and try not to fall out of trees. Last year in blog 44 (http://wp.me/sH3Dx-304) I had a link to the happy dance and I think that just about sums up this blog too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PDIBTS_xDQ).

Join us for a real-time discussion about questions raised by this essay on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. See Discussion and SL tabs above for details. Link to the virtual meeting room: http://tinyurl.com/cjfx9ag.

Reference

Sapolsky, RM, Krey, LV & McEwen, BS. The Neuroendocrinology of Stress and Aging: The Glucocorticoid Cascade Hypothesis. Science of Aging Knowledge Environment, 25 September 2002, Vol. 2002, Issue 38, p. cp212002:21. http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sageke;2002/38/cp21

Image Source: Still image from Happy dance video. See link above.