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Dear Doug: Keeping Young

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Q: Some people just seem to age better. I am in my late 60s and just moved into a retirement community with my husband.

Being around so many seniors has made me really think about how differently people age. Some people here are around my age, but you couldn't tell by looking at them. They easily look a decade older.

On the other hand, there are those in their 80s who still look great and youthful.

How can I age gracefully?

A: Although a large portion of aging is genetic, the rest of it is under your control. Physical and mental habits make a huge difference.

One of the first things people notice about us is our skin. It's the largest organ in our body, and it shows how we treat our body over decades.

 

Smoking and sun exposure are especially damaging to your skin. Integrating a good SPF into your routine, even on cloudy days, will make a world of difference. Apply lotion regularly to your limbs, joints and hands. If you use a moisturizer on your face, don't forget to put some on your neck.

Although many ladies are tempted to cover their natural facial imperfections, excess makeup can make you appear older. Wear it in moderation.

Take care of your health, and avoid overindulgence. You'll benefit from limiting your salt consumption, watching TV and alcohol use, although they're fine in moderation. A balanced diet does wonders.

Aside from the physical aspects of aging, attitude is a huge factor. Negativity and stress will age you prematurely.

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