Posted by suzanne at May 21st, 2013
In my work, I meet seniors regularly, and recently, on separate occasions, I had the privilege of speaking with a 100-year-old woman, a 95-year-old man and a 74-year-old man.
I like speaking with seniors and elders. Our conversations are refreshing and invigorating. The discussion is engaging and stimulating. It is a great joy to speak to interesting individuals with so much to share.
From these conversations, I am reminded that one key to healthy aging is connection. Whether you are an energetic senior or elder or a more frail one, it is important to find the opportunity for connection.
In fact, this is true for human beings across the life course from cradle to grave. I am quite aware that I gain as much from these conversations as the seniors and elders do themselves.
We are social and life is about connection and relationships. It is important that we remind ourselves of this often during our busy lives.
Give your loved ones a squeeze and smile broadly at everyone you meet today – both young and old.
Category: Aging, Health and Wellness, Intergenerational, Longevity, Relationships
When I smiled at everyone today, it instantly transformed their faces. Each person turned beautiful when a smile lit up their face. What power there is in a smile. A borderless, universal power.
Thanks for the reminder.
I have been smiling at everyone since I read your blog on ‘Connection’. It is easier and easier as every day passes. What wonderful human to human connection I am experiencing. I am convinced I am lifting the spirits of other people as well as myself. Thank you so much.
Thank you for your comments about the importance of connection in daily life. It is inspiring to hear how you are sharing the joy of interpersonal connection.
Simple acts can have complex effects. I am thrilled to have your reports about the responses and reactions you are experiencing.
Cheers to the power of connection!