How Women Can Enjoy Life More As They Age

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I attended a special event with my mom a few weeks ago. As we were getting ready in the hotel, we were complaining about the dry air and how it affected our skin. Mom didn’t care for the itchy feel. I was bemoaning the way it made a “new” wrinkle show up.

“Ugh,” I said. “I never see this one until I stay in a hotel. It must be something about the air in these buildings.”

Most women my age dread their next birthday, and fear what it means to get old as a woman in America today. Yet when I look at my mom, I see that she’s enjoying life perhaps more in her senior years than she ever did when she was younger. She’s happy, relaxed, and healthy, and she spreads joy and warmth wherever she goes.
“Oh, a wrinkle!” my mom said sarcastically. “How horrible!”

Most women my age dread their next birthday, and fear what it means to get old as a woman in America today. Yet when I look at my mom, I see that she’s enjoying life perhaps more in her senior years than she ever did when she was younger. She’s happy, relaxed, and healthy, and she spreads joy and warmth wherever she goes.

So as women, we need to be conscious not just of the fact that we’re aging or that we may look older, but what our quality of life will be when we enter our senior years. We need to set the stage today so that we can enjoy happy, fulfilled lives as older women.

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