Are you planning for healthy ageing… or decrepitude?

A challenging question?

On some of our courses, we introduce our Design Your Future exercise.

It’s a way of creating a practical action plan to create your ideal future over the next few years.

When introducing the exercise I ask people to consider “where do you want to be with your life in 5 or 10 years’ time?”

This question has consistently evoked some interesting responses - and has done so for over 20 years!

Usually about half the group will silently wince or grimace when I then ask them to actually calculate what age they’ll be in 5 or 10 years'’ time.

So, we discuss this reaction.

And it emerges that they’ve bought into the widely held belief that ageing = decrepitude!

Thinking beyond the next year or two is scary because they have a belief that they will be less healthy than they are today.  And this is not surprising when you consider how the media treats this topic.

Yet it is not a given.  Short of a degenerative condition, everyone can be healthier in 5 years’ time than they are today.

(We have another article on ‘The Ageing Attitude’ here)

(Originally published February 2020, now revised)

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