National Geographic : 1937 Jul
ENJOY YOUR SUNSET YEARS EVEN if you can take age 60 at full stride, it may be wise to slow down a bit. But that doesn't mean that you ought to begin pricing wheel chairs. More people in this country have now reached the age of 60 than ever before-due in part to better observance of the laws of hygiene. Furthermore, their numbers will increase. Whether one looks forward to a time when he can be increasingly useful, or to well-earned leisure and contentment, age 60 offers a wealth of future possibilities. Be ready to enjoy your sunset years. Follow these few simple rules: Good Mental Habits. Many have learned to make their lives richer and fuller by keep ing their minds young and open to new ideas. Keep up your enthusiasm. Learn more about those subjects you like best, or take time to explore new fields. An interesting hobby adds to the enjoyment of life. Sleep and Rest. Older people need more frequent periods of rest. While you sleep or rest, Nature does her best repair work-restor ing the energy you have used up. Food. Eat less as you grow older. Three "square" meals a day, easily digested in earlier years, may not be necessary as time goes on. For, W-W srr If you eat moderately your mealswill probably be just as enjoyable and more healthful. Water. Drink plenty of pure water, begin ning the day with a glass or two and drinking freely during the day. The body needs water to help carry off waste products. When Mark Twain facetiously said, "A moderate amount of drinking water never hurt anyone," he was entirely right. Sunshine and Fresh Air. You need these two great tonics all year round. Let the sun shine on you; it kills germs and brings health. But in sweltering weather be especially careful not to overtax yourself. Fresh air, like sun shine, is a friend to good health. Breathe it deeply. Exercise and Play. Get some form of moderate exercise every day. It is an excellent aid in prolonging life. Without exercise the muscles become flabby. If you can make play of your light exercise, so much the better. When recreation stops, old age begins. Ask your doctor at least once a year for sug gestions as to what you may safely do, as well as wisely avoid. Send for free booklet, "Health, Happiness and Long Life"-a guide to better health all through life-from youth to old age. Address Booklet Department 737-N . Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER , ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. -. LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board Copyright, 1937. by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company President "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."