August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day which was originally proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of senior people to home, family and society. There is no doubt that our older generation deserves respect and admiration for all they have contributed. However, today’s seniors can no longer be portrayed as past their prime.
A Gallop poll of more than 80,000 adults discovered that two-thirds of people 65 and older “always feel good about their physical appearance” while the 18-64 year olds were not as confident in their looks. More than ever, today’s mature population takes better care of themselves than previous generations. They are working out, watching their diets and finding ways to relax and unwind.
Many mature adults are still in the workforce, either part-time or full-time. Naomi Burton Isaacs, a New York-based publicist looks decades younger than her eligibility to collect Social Security belies. How does she do it? She commits to daily workouts, healthy eating and avoids OTC and prescription pain medication. “Too many mature adults reach for pain pills at the slightest twinge of pain,” says Naomi. “I prefer to use a topical analgesic if I’m having any aches and pains from a workout.”
Naomi also credits her youthful looks to maintaining a social circle with friends that are decades younger. If she doesn’t have time to hit the gym, she keeps active by walking her dog, Asta.