Those first strands of gray hair are a sign of the inevitable. We’re getting older and our bodies are changing. We may grow a little rounder around the waistline, or wake in the night, or feel a little stiffer in the morning. Yet while we adapt to new realities, we shouldn’t discount every symptom as just further evidence of aging.
How do you know when to ignore your body’s lapses or when to seek medical advice? What’s normal aging, and what’s not?
“Aging, in and of itself, is a subtle, quiet process,”...
Sure, the band's been around since 1962, and three of its members are in
their 60s. But all the jokes about walkers and dentures are getting a bit,
well, old. Here are a few post-Super Bowl stats on Mick Jagger for you,
courtesy of the British tabloid the Daily Express:
Age: 62. Weight: 140 pounds. Waist size: 28 inches. Distance he struts or
sprints in a typical stadium show: about 12 miles.
What's all the more remarkable is that the Stones are not only the
longest-running rock group in America but also its some of its most infamous
bad boys. Along with some great albums, their legacy includes a long trail of
dead or burned-out band members, wives, and groupies who just couldn't keep up
with their rock-and-roll lifestyle.
Changing Face of Aging
How does Sir Mick stay in such amazing shape? How does Keith Richards even
stay alive -- and doesn't that contradict everything we've been told about how
to stay healthy in our senior years? Why haven't the Stones retired to an
island somewhere? And what keeps the fans coming out in droves, year after
year, to a band that's past its prime?
The answers, it appears, tell us a lot about the changing (but puffy-lipped)
face of aging today. To their legions of baby boomer fans, the Stones symbolize
their own potential in their later years -- and the possibility of redemption
for youthful indiscretions.
"People are being told you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you're
over the hill, it's time to lower your expectations of yourself," says Gene
Cohen, MD, PhD, a leading aging researcher and author of The Mature
Mind. "Now increasingly we're seeing people who still keep their
expectations high. It pumps a lot of people up to see that the Stones can still