Change and Age: How Key Mindset Changes Help Us Advance

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / August 21, 2019

As we age, we need remember a lyric from a song by Crosby, Stills and Nash. “Don’t let the past remind us of what we are now”. Why? Staying positive is a major component of happiness and it is known that increased lifespan is linked with our years of happiness. For the older population, constant changes in health and money issues can cause unhappiness and can neutralize a positive outlook. What’s back there is back there. Avoid dwelling on the past!

At one of the more recent pharmacy visits with the 2019 Healthcare Advocate Tour, I was asked some difficult questions about mindsets and how they may change with age. As we talked, the individual I had come to interview about success did have the answers. The older pharmacist/pharmacy owner and I were discussing what she felt were various things that had helped her continue to be a successful pharmacist and owner through the years. These are the mindset areas she chose to offer:

  1. Do not worry if you have a harder time getting the gist of a joke than your younger staff immediately understand.
  2. It’s OK to not understand why many commercials on TV don’t seem to ring true in making the point…even though the younger generation immediately gets it.
  3. Know that our ability to ignore distractions becomes less. Fortunately, this pharmacist/owner offered that studies have shown many seniors can combine this distraction with other information appearing at the same time and it actually boosts memory.
  4. Adults, over time, typically become more tolerant and develop more liberal attitudes regarding politics, economics, race, gender and sexuality issues.
  5. That we cannot sleep as long as we did in our younger days is normal. Studies with a 66-83 age group were found to spend less time in deep sleep. More than ½ of all men and woman over 65 suffer from some type of sleep problem.
  6. It is really important to stay positive.

After her comments, it occurred to me that she had offered to me more ideas about maintaining forward thinking success strategies than I offered her.

Her last point caused me to remember Don’t let the past remind us of what we are now.

Stay positive and remember every accomplishment begins with the decision to try!!!

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