National Geographic : 1959 Jul
"Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many." Although old age has certain drawbacks, the un pleasant picture you may have of it is out of date. Today, many of our senior citizens-and there are more than 15 million of them aged 65 or older enjoy travel, recreation, good health and many other satisfactions and rewards. To live usefully and happily after retirement, you should start planning-long before your 65th birthday - for your health, economic security and the active role you'd like to take in your community. For a healthy old age, be sure to have regular health examinations, eat sensibly, practice good health habits and develop interests for your leisure time. Regular medical check-ups can be your most im portant safeguard against the chronic or degenerative diseases. Periodic examinations may disclose trouble while it can still be "nipped in the bud"-or its progress delayed. Plan your diet around a variety of foods. Meat, milk, eggs, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, bread and cereals-in suitable amounts-will help keep your body in good repair and your weight in check. Al ways avoid fad diets. Habits of exercise, sleep and recreation can make a big difference in how you feel. Your doctor can help\ you work out a plan for living to conserve your physical and mental resources. Chances for happiness are slim at any age unless your leisure is occupied with satisfying activities. So, develop hobbies or take part in community affairs to stimulate your mind and keep you in touch with people of all ages. Your chances of living to a ripe old age are good. Look ahead and plan wisely. And when "the future" becomes the present, you will find it is bright-be cause you have made it so.