Anti-Aging? Is it a Real Possibility?
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this concept of anti-aging because every time I turn on my computer I see ads for anti-aging x, y, and z products.
Is anti aging possible? Can it be a reality? Do you want it to be real?
You might disagree – but in short – I don’t think so.
Aging is a process that starts when we are born – we get older every day! It’s that plain and simple; then again I am a developmental psychologist and look at forward development; not backward.
Aging is a process, it has a beginning, a middle and an end. My focus in my writings is that giant middle – the part of life when we start to see and feel some of the inevitable declines that happen with where we can still make choices about how well we will live in our own futures.
I don’t think we can stop the process – except when we die – nor can we reverse the process and go backwards.
What we can do is slow down the process by making intelligent decisions about what we do and do not do – and those choices can also help us look better. Ultimately, the life we live is always about the choices we make!
Intelligent people can choose to be well informed, read information and labels and then make informed choices. With facts in hand one can ask: “Is it an intelligent safe choice for me to use this product or service?” And ask yourself why you are doing it – is it for you? for someone else?
This is a very different process than just assuming or hoping “this will reverse or stop my aging process.”
Finding good information is not always easy. Cosmetic companies, pharmaceutical companies and exercise equipment makers outspend and out-advertise any formats where you might find intelligent information. It takes work on your part. But you can do some of this “intelligence gathering” by reading blogs like mine or others who do try to look at the research.
In conclusion, I don’t think we can or should want to anti-age – but we can slow down the process and still look good while we are growing older better.
As with most of life – the choices are yours. Choose intelligently.