Whenever I walk around in the shopping mall and in the grocery stores I find that people probably in their 70’s or 80’s driving to the store and come shopping. They come with enthusiasm and look energetic which is really good to see.
But the same thing cannot be said about the developing or emerging countries. Once people cross 65 or 70 they slowly start being less active. They probably don’t go as much as they used to do. And they become dull, lonely and sad.
The main reason why this happens because in this case there is a labour force which takes care of house hold work and hence there is no compulsion to go out and buy stuff for the house. Whereas in countries like the United States one does not find cheap labour and everything has to be done on our own. And hence no matter how old one is he/she has to go out and do what is required. Since if they don’t do no one else will.
Well that is the reality, but the bottom line is that you would definitely find these people more active than the ones in the emerging countries and they tend to live longer. Once you are active and eating healthy food the tendency of falling sick is minimal and you live longer. Whereas in emerging countries like India and Sri Lanka most of the people retire in their 60’s or before that. And the people once leading Active lives like going to work everyday, suddenly have nothing to do. And because you have nothing to do you won’t use the brain much and then the thinking capability falls down. And then you would find that they can,’t remember certain things which would lead to a partial memory loss and then there could be a list of subsequent events.
My wish is to see that people don’t think that their life ends at 59 or 60 and then remain at home. They should be active because once you are, no illness or ailment would come near you. The key here is to always think that you are 15-20 years younger than what you are actually are and behave like that. Then your whole body and mindset tends to be like a younger person.And with that one would live a longer life 🙂