The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging: How to Die Young as Late in Life as Possible by Jason Elias tackles the topic of what it means to grow old gracefully. Contrary to popular belief, this concept does not necessitate that we ride off into the sunset, our usefulness at an end, as we approach the golden years. Instead, the author demonstrates through examples how aging is best done through continued service to the community, ourselves, and the world at large.
These seven graces are:
- Rewriting the Script–reframing what it means to grow old
- Finding your Tribe–honoring the importance of healthy relationships
- Practicing Mindfulness Spiritual Eldering
- Awakening Joy through Simplicity and Humor
- Pursuing your Passion–clarifying a long-dreamed vision or unrealized idea and practicing it
- Moving and Being Moved–moving as essential to the flow of life
- Nurturing the body, the temple of the divine
The author, a thriving senior himself, highlights the life stories of 12 elders who embody what he describes as successful aging. These “pathfinders,” as he calls them, demonstrate how certain regular practices, both physical and mental, keep their bodies and minds functioning optimally even at extremely advanced ages. Interspersed among the commentary and life stories is information about scientific studies that support these practices.
Each of us has a unique journey through life, so what resonated with me might not be what you need to hear. Even so, the content of this book is vital for every age group. Personally, I have been making conscious decisions about my lifestyle choices for some time. However, after reading The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging: How to Die Young as Late in Life as Possible by Jason Elias, I see how I can do even more towards setting the foundation for a vibrant second half of my life. I believe you will find the same to be true for you.