Words on Words by Ellie . . .




Age comes to all of us. No matter how we try to hide it, ignore it, fight it, cover it up, each day we become a day older. And the days add up to weeks and months and years, and suddenly, you’re old. It’s almost as if life distracts us while working its alchemy on our skin and hair and bones and health. It seems as if only a month ago I was in my prime; life was good, things were going my way, old age was a very far country. Today it’s sitting in my living room, thumbing its nose at me.

One good thing about the age we live in (both definitions intended) is that we have access to information and health care that can delay or eliminate many of the ravages of growing old. Word is that there is the promise of a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that may eliminate that bogeyman from our golden years. Treatments for cancers have shown more and more promise over the years so that it is no longer an automatic death sentence. Diet and exercise, those bugaboos we love to hate, also give us a doable handle on prolonging our healthy years. Keeping our minds active, keeping our bodies in the best health we can manage, keeping our attitudes in check all contribute to many good years as a senior citizen.



Growing old is not a choice but growing old with grace and wit and good habits, is. ” Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made.” Poet Robert Browning wrote that and it’s as true today as it was when he wrote it. If the choices are growing old or dying young, it doesn’t seem that hard to choose.

Live it up, old fogeys. Life is good at any age!

Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer

(Both books are available on Amazon in E-book and Paperback)


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