We give up on the professionals skills and the hobbies we enjoyed in our lives far too soon. The notion of "retirement" helps to kill us, we need to keep active. Continue to do anything you still enjoy. Be a mentor to your profession, and keep practicing your arts.
Do we accept help that's offered to us because we are "old"? If we can cope without it. we should cope, because that will help maintain our strength and our skills. Keep gardening, mow your own lawn, and do your own shopping.
Have we allowed ourselves to become less and less able, just because we "expect" to be old and less able? We need to fight back, to maintain strength and flexibility. How easy is it to get down onto the floor and then get up again?
I recently watched a BBC TV health programme called "The Young Ones" (2010) featuring six people who were celebrities in the UK during the 1970's. These people were approaching 80 or a little more. They were Lionel Blair, 79, entertainer; "Dickie" Bird OBE, 77, cricket umpire; Derek Jameson, 79, journalist (Died at 83); Kenneth Kendall, BBC news reader, 84, (Died at 88); Liz Smith, 89, actress; and Sylvia Syms, 77, actress. (Checked December 2016, Blair, Bird, Smith and Syms are all still active.)
Of the six only Lionel Blair was still a smoker. He looked fit and walked well, but his fitness tests were as bad as the others, and his lung capacity was very poor. "Dickie" Bird, had suffered a stroke in 2008, and wasn't walking with any confidence. Kenneth Kendall had suffered a fall, was overweight, and had lost his confidence, especially on stairs. Derek Jameson, was even more overweight, walked with a shuffle, and couldn't put on his socks or tie his shoe laces. Liz Smith, the eldest at 89, was walking in a shuffle with two sticks. She had suffered three strokes, she was slim and cheerful, but regretted that she could no longer leave the house. Sylvia Syms, was overweight, she struggled to carry her own suitcase up a short stairway. "I struggle to walk around the house," she said.