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How Active Adults Avoid Selfishness

By Shawna Trujillo

In some contexts the word ‘adult’ can connote salacious or pornographic content that is thought to be unsuitable for young people. However, in the phrase ‘active adults’ the word probably refers to people who have not only grown up, but have also reached an age when they are looking to retire and adopt a lifestyle that is different to that which they have followed for most of their lives.

An online search reveals that there are thousands of active adults complexes dotted throughout the United States of America. Retirees living in other parts of the world also join the trend of moving into secure complexes where they can associate with people of similar ages. Frequently they are known as retirement villages.

People approaching retirement commonly have quite large pay outs to spend but ambitions might have been achieved or abandoned. The focus of life might have changed in many cases because children have become independent and work demands declined.

As physical powers decline security tends to become an issue, especially in societies where criminals roam about preying upon other people. Like animal predators they are without conscience and they scan their surroundings for weak and vulnerable victims. Houses filled with the valuable possessions of a single person are also of interest to blackguards. The opportunity to move into a secure complex where security arrangements can be shared by residents in similar circumstances is appreciated by many people contemplating retirement.

When a doctor begins to use the phrase ‘wear and tear’ to explain aches and pains a patient should understand that he is approaching a new phase in the life process. Usually it means that injuries sustained but not noticed in the course of games and activities like skiing when young are now returning to demand payment for earlier pleasures. The danger is that they are coming out of hiding due to inactivity, and that they will increase their grip on the body if not repelled defiantly by continued exercise.

A problem for athletes over sixty is that they can no longer take pride in being like Adonis. Instead of looking on with awe as an athlete runs, spectators might smile sympathetically, shake their heads and call out, ‘Enjoy your power walking Grandpa’. That is if they notice a tottering, shriveled old figure at all.

Between them, stiffness and derision can discourage a person from taking any physical exercise at all and he might decide that it is better to sit in dignified fashion before the TV set staring at what can best be described as idiocy. This is a fatal response, both literally and figuratively. Body and mind alike will sink towards the abyss where dementia and death lurk. Whatever the difficulties a person must keep body and mind active for as long as possible.

Active adults complexes provide facilities for appropriate physical exercise. In swimming pools, gyms and circuits one can beef up heart rates and set the circulation going. Perhaps more importantly one can keep the mind going by interacting with like minded people in ways that stimulate mental activities. In fact, without the annoyance of condescension or indifference one can generate many pleasures that far exceed those experience in one’s callow years.

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Trujillo, Shawna "How Active Adults Avoid Selfishness." How Active Adults Avoid Selfishness. 18 Oct. 2012. 22 Jan 2018 <>.

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