“Black don’t crack!"

I am sure you have heard of the phrase, “Black don’t crack!" This does hold some truth,  but how each of us lives during our youth will likely impact how we age. And the reality is, both women and men age – it’s natural.

Having said that we do have the ability to prevent and/or delay debilitating chronic diseases. It is in everyone’s best interest to take action to protect the health of older adults.

A healthy body has the ability to heal itself of all (or almost all) problems if properly nourished. Thinking and worrying about it does not enhance the process, it actually can slow it down. Here are ways that you can keep it functional:

Pray.  Prayer has been shown to help alleviate the stress levels, which are one of the major risk factors for disease and aging.

Drink lots of pure water. Water is needed for digestion, circulation of body fluids and joint lubrication.

Travel whenever you are able. Seeing the world and discovering how other people live adds life, love and lucidity to your years.

Focus on the bright side. Take the time to plan wonderful things for the future, this will give you something to look forward to and make you feel hopeful.

Take the time to be beautiful. When you feel wonderful, you just feel better.

Make time for playing and having fun. Life is fun, no one can bring you joy but yourself, and that the spirit of adventure simply takes different forms as we age.

A prayer for aging with dignity

I don’t want to grow old God. I don’t want any part of it. But since I have no power to stop the clock, my prayer is this: Let me age with grace.

Show me the way, God. Be with me. Grant health to my body and clarity to my mind. Give me strength. Help me to overcome my vanity. Teach me to combat self-pity. Don’t allow me to become set in my ways. Shield me from isolation and from loneliness.

May the love of my family and friends be my reward for all the struggles of my youth.

Let all the blessings of age emanate from me. Let wisdom flow from my mouth, let compassion flow from my heart, let acts of kindness flow from my arms, let faith flow from my soul, let joy shine forth from my eyes. Amen.