Photo from the collection of Irene Michaels
It has been quite a journey. I'm approaching seventy one years young and still going strong. Many times throughout my life, friends and strangers alike have asked, "How do you stay so fit? Look so good? Have so much energy? Always manage to be surrounded by wonderful people?" I think these questions are pretty easy to answer. There are a few rules I live by, and they have been the key to my happiness.
The first rule is to always have a positive attitude. It's not what happens to us, it's how we handle it. And secondly, if any negative energy enters your space, walk away. These two rules alone will help you maintain a peaceful persona that people are naturally drawn to. One reason senior men can find younger women attractive is that younger women often have less baggage, a lighter attitude, and have been unspoiled by life's tragedies. Always try to maintain a childlike innocence. This is the third rule of how to stay young.
Regarding fitness and beauty, it's important to appreciate what you have rather than worrying about the approval of others. Men both young and old appreciate a confident woman. Stress shows on our faces, so minimize it where you can. The only person you should answer to is yourself. If you love yourself and cherish yourself, someone else will cherish and love you as well, I got married in November at 70.
"Age-proofing" is how we take care of our bodies, our skin, and our souls. I nourish my face and body with my own skin care line, I On Youth Collection. I am diligent about exercise, doing Pilates and light weight training five times a week. I also have found that meditation slows the mind down, enabling me to think more clearly, and helps us to train our minds to actually listen to what people are saying. A man always loves a good listener.
Perhaps most importantly, spend time with friends and family. Although it is easy to settle into a more solitary, reflective state as we age, it is important to remember that an active social life not only makes us happier but also healthier. Studies have shown that social interaction can stave off the onset of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Beyond that, you're not only bettering your own life, but also the lives of those you hold dear.
What could be better?