I turned 50 this month. Yikes! While we have likely all heard phrases such as "50 is the new 30" and variations on that theme, I'm not buying it. Sounds like denial to me. While I'm a pretty healthy 50-year-old in the sense that I have no serious illnesses (at least that I know of), I am of normal weight, I run 30 minutes each day and have done so since the 1970's, I eat a pretty healthy and generally low fat diet (with the exception of a passion for quality chocolate and fine wine!), and I have many family members who have lived into their 90's, I don't for a minute believe that 50 is the new 30 or even the new 40. Plus, I am well aware of the epidemiological research on the significant increase in risk of many forms of cancer and other serious illnesses once you hit 50. While I try to do the right thing for my body, mind, and soul, I (like most folks my age) can't help but notice those subtle (and not so subtle signs) of aging. The brain and body just don't seem to work the way they used to a few decades and even a few years ago.
Research clearly indicates that our attitude matters for our physical and emotional health and well being. But denial can be destructive if we don't attend to the natural limitations of our bodies and mind as we age.