I also have met, even recently at Ebenezer's Trails of Orono, community members in their 80s and 90s who are as alert and alive in spirit as people half their ages. I'm 81-1/2 and still psychologically feel 20 most days. Regardless, moods are normal, especially as we get older, since we've had more life experiences occur than people chronologically younger than we are. Sometimes, I think the moody negatives jump into our minds because we have too much time to think.
Regardless, there are a few "secrets" in my opinion, to ridding ourselves of remembrances of our chronological ages, if those remembrances tend to make us feel depressed. One "secret" in my opinion and to which I refer frequently. is just telling my mind to "be quiet" and simply think of happy thoughts and memories. Also listening to uplifting music. It can really be achieved, sometimes not easily, but can definitely become a good and relatively easy habit in relation to knowing aging is just a number.
One of my long-ago friends was a man named Everett Kircher. Everett founded the Boyne Ski Resorts in Michigan and eventually bought Big Sky, Montana and Crystal Mountain, Washington resorts. I was blessed to have Everett's son, John, have Everett and me as passengers on their private jet to visit Big Sky (I'd been there several times previously), flying from Kalamazoo. Michigan to Bozeman, Montana, the airport closest to Big Sky. During the flight, Everett, who was then 75, told me he was depressed. here was a man who could buy and sell half the U.S. About what was he depressed? He told me, at age 75, he hadn't done one-tenth of what he wanted to accomplish in life, but also stated he knew age was just a number and was bound and determined to do as much else as possible until he could do no more. I'm not certain at what age Everett left us, but I know he definitely didn't consider age being a deterrent to additional successes.
There are numerous stories about people, famous or not, powerful or not, that echo those chronicled above. The numbers on our birthday cards should not deter us from realizing we're more than blessed to have achieved living more than the three-score-ten the Bible states would be the goal to achieve chronologically. Knowing we have those blessings, in my opinion, we should forget the annual numbers and rejoice in the daily numbers we're been blessed to have and ENJOY.
Ebenezer has been blessed with numbers as well. For instance they've been around more than 100 years. Another happy number for Ebenezer is 91. As of today, Ebenezer has 91 locations in Minnesota and Iowa. And just like my age, Ebenezer's number's keep growing! Oh, and here's another number to consider: 612-672-7262. That's a great number to know if you are looking for senior living.