At 92 years old our 41st President of the United States recently was discharged from the hospital after battling pneumonia since early January. The significance of this former naval aviator’s recent victory over a condition that is deadly for seniors his age is the continued motivation to return home and live out the rest of his days. There are many people in this country who are 20-plus years President George H. W Bush’s age who have given up on life.

Yet despite living with Vascular Parkinsonism, which has limited his mobility, he remains determined to live independently with his wife and make the most out of each and every day. This should not be surprising to the general public as we have witness this former commander in chief skydive on his 90th birthday and threw out a first pitch before a baseball game at 91 years young. He was also on the field at Super Bowl LI just days after leaving the hospital.

Anyone currently dealing with the aches and pains associated with aging should take note and realize the only way it’s going to get better is by being proactive with their own health. While it may be true that father time is undefeated in knocking even the mightiest out, we should all look up at those who take him on and remain steadfast in their desire to get the most of out life.

I was diagnosed with post-traumatic arthritis at 29 and admittedly used that as an excuse to put life on hold for some time. I didn’t know how to deal with hearing “life as I knew it would have to change”. Instead of being motivated to pick myself up and work around my condition I used it as a crutch. When you hear you have the joint of a 65-year old, a funny thing occurs as you begin to behave like one.

Little did I know that age truly is a number and over the years I have seen many geriatric patients who made some middle-aged and young patients look bad in their attitudes and work ethic to recover from injury. While it is true the aging process lengthens the rehabilitation period for any condition, a patient’s outlook affects the prognosis more than we realize. Having seen this in not only my own recovery but countless others over the years, I am convinced we are only as old as we want to be.

Having turned 40 a few months ago has given me a new prospective on what the aging process really is all about. I encourage all of my clients to stay consistent in all facets that lead to healthy aging. The simple formula is proper exercise, diet, and rest. Without going into great detail of each, staying on track in all three will ensure you get to where you want to be year after year.

Yours in Health,

Keith Pacific