Irfan Iqbal Khan
  Editor-in-Chief
  Saudi Commerce & Economic Review   ikhan@chamber.org.sa

Age Does Not Matter

04.02.2014

Government expenditures for health sector are projected at SR108 billion, about 8 percent over the amount budgeted in 2013. This includes setting up primary healthcare centers, 11 new hospitals, completing the construction work of 132 hospitals, a number of social centers and welfare offices and appropriations for poverty reduction programs. After Education, Health and Social Welfare is a priority area for the Kingdom. This month we concentrate on this important area.

In keeping with that, here is something that keeps every one of us concerned. We all want to live longer, feel better, happy and contented throughout our lives. But have we ever pondered over the age-old problem –aging? When is "too old"? At what age do we give up?

At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote Farfetched Fables.
At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.
At 90, Pablo Picasso still drew and engraved.
At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall, and Pablo Casals, at 88, still performed celloconcerts.
At 82, Winston Churchill wrote the four-volume work, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Leo Tolstoy completed I Cannot Be Silent, and Goethe, at the same age, finished Faust.
At 81, Benjamin Franklin engineered the diplomacy, which led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
Then, when are we "too old"?

Age brings in experience and wisdom. Aging gracefully is a matter of self-esteem. Instead of running away from aging we should concentrate on how to pass on the accumulated knowledge to others

We need to add life to our years. For this we need to look after our physical health. The body is an essential and fundamental instrument to achieve our goals!

In the book How to stay young Ken Strong, the author, describes the normal aging process in humans. He says that we are constantly being rebuilt because the cells which make up our bodies are always being replaced; and when these cells are replaced with cells that are weaker than those of the previous generation, we are aging. But he goes on to say that if you can get your body to replace those cells with strong healthy ones, then you can actually slow-down or even arrest the aging process. An interesting idea! And how you can do that? By a combination of healthy eating (not dieting), getting the right nutrition and doing the right kind of exercise.

A key factor that determines how well we age is not our genes but how well we live. So give your body the energy it needs to stay physically active, add fun to keep stress at bay, have faith and spread happiness. When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day.

Every age is important and every age is beautiful. Never let the age factor be a barrier in the way of achievements. Whatever it is that you really want in life – it remains within your grasp as long as you don't give up.

So let's make life qualitatively rich and quantitatively significant.

Stay happy. Stay healthy.
Age does not matter.
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