If 30 is Old, then what is 60?

Roger Federer At The 2002 U.S. Open (a clearer...

Roger Federer At The 2002 U.S. Open (a clearer version of Image:Roger_federer_2002.jpg) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An old man at 30.  That’s what they have been thinking and saying about world class tennis champion Roger Federer – until Sunday, July 8, 2012.  That’s when he captured his 7th Wimbledon Men’s Singles Championship Title, his 17th Grand Slam Title.  This brought his ranking back to #1 in the world.

 

Her tennis playing is over.  That’s what everyone thought about the bed-ridden 30 year old tennis champion, Serena Williams.  Ten months ago, Serena could hardly breathe and found herself fighting for her life in a hospital bed, surrounded by caring family members.  At that point she probably thought it was all over for her physically, that she would never play tennis again, and that she would certainly not compete at the highest level.  Her ranking had dropped from #1 in the world to # 175! Ten months later, however, at almost 31 years of age – an old lady by tennis standards – Serena Williams won her 5th Wimbledon Women’s Singles Title.  She held that trophy high, beamed for all to see her joy and jumped up into the stands to hug her beloved family.

 

Who created the myth that we are victims of our age or even of our current health?  Age is truly just a number and the sooner we realize this, the more healthful joy we will experience.  Medical doctors are notorious for labeling their patients’ symptoms as “incurable disease,” hereditary, chronic, and caused by some uncontrollable virus, germ or autoimmune response.  The media add to this sense of pre-determination and helplessness in the face of illness.  We see so many advertisements claiming that if we have chronic debilitating symptoms, the only solution is to live with it and alleviate the pain with pharmaceuticals.

 

The pharmaceutical industry is booming.  Doctors who place their “sick” patients on medications are able to secure their patient load.  Once a patient begins a course of medication, that person must be monitored regularly by the doctor.  And this is not free – it costs money.  The patient often feels cared for and the doctor feels as if he or she is doing a service for this ill person.

Serena Williams hitting a return in 2006.

Serena Williams hitting a return in 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, there are many alternative practitioners and medical professionals who are beginning to accept a different paradigm.  Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, offers a new perspective.  Through his study of the cell, the cell nucleus, the DNA and the cell membrane, in animals and in humans, he has discovered that perception, our thoughts and beliefs, are more powerful than any medication or any disease process.  There are countless people who have miraculously “cured” themselves from even the most deadly and serious illnesses through a change in consciousness.

 

Now, this is not easy.  When we have physical symptoms, those around us may be rightfully concerned and may encourage us to take the traditional treatments.  And the medical professionals will sometimes be very harsh and judgmental when we tell them we want to learn all we can to improve the healing process within our own body.

 

But the times they are a-changing.  The numbers continue to grow of men and women using CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and lifestyle changes to improve their health and who have  derailed the myth that age is really an accurate predictor of one’s athletic performance or overall health.  A 2007 report by The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), revealed that baby boomers, those with higher income and those with higher education, are more likely to use CAM therapies:

 

  • Persons age 50 to 54 years (69%) and 55 to 64 years (70%) were more

likely to have used a CAM therapy or practice than those age 65 and

 

older (54%).

 

  • Seventy-seven percent of those with an income of $75,000 or more have

used CAM, compared to 55% of those with an income below $25,000.

 

  • Higher percentages of those with some college (73%) or a college degree

or more (71%) have used CAM compared to high school graduates (56%).

 

We now know so much more about the mind body connection and the power of an overload of stress to literally destroy our health and well-being.  Isn’t it time we reconsidered the concepts we have about normal aging, health and illness, and the human potential.  What these two great tennis champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, have shown us, if nothing else, is that the power of our hunger and drive, belief and determination is more important than any physical limitations that appear to be blocking our success in life.

 

Baby boomers have worked hard to change the general perception of aging.  Some of us feel old at 30 or 40, yet many baby boomers feel as if they are coming of age in their 60’s and 70’s.  How do YOU feel about your current age and the aging process in your life?  Do you believe that life can and does get better with age, with the accumulation of life experiences, wisdom and a renewed sense of how precious every moment is.

 

Could you use an emotional boost?  Would you like your body to feel better?  Schedule a counseling or coaching session.

 

Warmly,

 

Dr. Erica

 

 

 

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10 comments

1 Steve Borgman { 08.01.12 at 2:32 am }

Thank you for the great article. We Americans can learn a lot from other cultures who revere age instead of ignoring or disparaging it. I’m hopeful the Boomer generation will lead the way.

2 Joan Brooks { 08.08.12 at 11:54 am }

Erica, thank you for this informative article. I do believe we are making strides in moving away from a mechanistic view of the body in which the body is just seen as a bunch disparate parts that have little relationship to each other and no relationship to the environment. In his book, “When Your Body Says No”, Dr. Gabe Mator elucidates the clear connection between stress and personality factors, and illness. As you know, Erica, working with and through the body to reduce stress, change self defeating behaviors and thoughts, and release stored emotions can actually help relieve painful symptoms and bring more ease and comfort to your body and to your life.

Joan
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3 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 08.08.12 at 8:24 pm }

Joan,

It amazes me how many people do not receive any type of touch, and certainly not therapeutic and healing touch.
Our bodies store tension patterns from our emotional responses to life events. When we don’t address these issues the tension remains stored in the body.
We can truly alleviate so many of the symptoms of aging by identifying our issues, giving and receiving gentle caring touch, and learning how to relax.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

4 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 08.08.12 at 8:26 pm }

Steve,

I agree with you. As I watched the Olympics I kept hearing these disparaging comments about anyone older than 29.
When we are in our 40’s, 50’s and beyond we realize how young “30” really is. And many of the athletes are proving
that by getting Gold medals and winning tennis championships, etc.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

5 Barbara Charles { 09.02.12 at 9:37 pm }

Hi Dr. Erica. This is a great article. I feel at age 55, just coming into ‘who I really am.’ I look at my 32 year old daughter and think how young she really is and how much more she has to get to know to grow and become who she is really meant to be. You also speak the truth regarding doctors and medicines. I’ve been on high blood pressure medicine (low doses) and have been asking my doctor for alternatives to try to get weaned off the medication. No luck with that so far. So I am tied in to the doctor and the pharmaceutical companies as long as need be according to their standards. Being an active, healthy adult (not only 30 and older), but middle-aged and older is made difficult by society. Thank you for posting.
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6 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 09.02.12 at 11:21 pm }

Barbara,

Each of us has to do our own research to keep our selves healthy. The medical professionals follow specific guidelines and have to protect themselves from lawsuits. Also, they tend to earn money by prescribing medications and then requiring their patients to return regularly for checkups. The goal is to keep patients on medication rather than to get them healthy. Sometimes, however, the medication is essential – and that is where it gets confusing. You are wise to not instantly take yourself off the medication. Best step is to do the research, take regular blood tests so you are able to monitor yourself, and do whatever you can to remain healthy. That’s all that any of us can do.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

7 Angus McEwan { 09.30.12 at 7:08 pm }

Hi Dr Erica what an interesting article. Society can be so agist and I definitely agree with the old cliche that age is just a number, especially the older I get and with the advances in health and alternative therapies.
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8 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 10.01.12 at 1:59 am }

Angus,

Age may be just a number and some people look, act and feel much younger than their age while others look, act and feel much older. But a 40 or 50, 60 or 70 year old will never again be 20. Aging forces us to be more humble, less arrogant, and more accepting of life changes. Even 30 year olds can feel over the hill in sports. The key is to not dwell on what is lost but rather to focus on what we are grateful for, what is going well, and what holds our passion.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

9 William Amis { 10.01.12 at 7:32 am }

Dr. Erica I really never gave it any thought until you just made in germinate within. Now it is growing to manifest into being.

Nothing can make me see myself lacking in any area of my life based on my age. I never care for someone’s age as I matured well over my 30’s.

I appreciate people based on their enthusiasm and actions. I live by producing results from experience and gaining all the information on a given subject.

I am hearing more from people in their 30’s and less that they just do not take anything serious and believe living as a movie they can change when ever they feel. They have no delayed gratification abilities with situation. The unlimited thinking is good and living as they think without limitations if the way to be. The rest is something I just stand to disagree with.

Well, I do not judge anyone and will not. So, just focus on what I believe that age means nothing except limits your activities legally. If your 18 can’t get into major functions after certain hours. Yet, feel as you are 18 is a whole nothing reality most men live.

Dr. Erica a professional dedicated to our whole well being. I thank you for giving us a break from the norm with this mind over matter wake-up.

I feel wonderful and you are the one who made it possible with activities of the mind as this. You are on of our great coaches and thanks.
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10 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 10.01.12 at 9:20 pm }

William,

You and I know how powerful our minds are. When we hold onto limiting beliefs we limit what is possible in our life. There are countless examples of people in the 80’s, 90’s and beyond still learning, still producing products and services, still competing in athletics or other types of competitions, still continuing to live life with enthusiasm and energy. A man who used to join us for tennis, Stuart, was about 92 when I last saw him. He shared with us his adventures that summer when he drove across the U.S., alone, in his car. Also, he was playing tennis with a group of men and women of many different ages ranging from their 20’s to 80’s. He was the oldest and still playing.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica