Welcome to this series of articles about ageing, and combatting some of the negative effects of ageing. Ageing is something that hopefully happens to all of us. It is a time of glory, and a time of challenge.

When we think about getting older, we tend to think negatively. Getting older means slowing down, collecting new aches and pains, losing our memory and eventually losing our sex drive and continence… Not good!

While this might be the case for some, it is not the whole story.

Getting older comes with a lot of benefits. Don’t feel discouraged. Here are just some of the benefits:

You Become More Chiseled

This goes for women and men alike. Women will often lose the thin layer of subcutaneous body fat under the skin, bringing out more defined cheekbones and giving them a more chiseled appearance. Men become grislier as their jaw and foreheads grow. They eventually end up looking like they’re cut out of granite!

Our skin gets thinner as we age. This isn’t good news for women but it’s very good for men, who want to look more ripped, vascular and muscular! Getting a body like Sylvester Stallone or Hugh Jackman is only possible as you start to reach older age.

You Become Wiser


There are two types of intelligence — ‘crystalized’ intelligence and ‘fluid’ intelligence. Crystalized intelligence is knowledge, while fluid intelligence is more like reasoning. While our reasoning skills often deteriorate as we age, our crystalized intelligence actually improves as we gain more knowledge over time.

As long as you protect your memory, this will only continue to improve the older you get – eventually making you a walking oracle!

You Gain Respect

A big plus about being older is that you gain respect. People hold doors open for you, let you have their seat on the train and listen to what you have to say politely.

You Have More Time

If you’re like most people, eventually you are going to retire. When that happens, you will free up a lot of time.

For many of us, retirement seems like a looming ‘end point’. In reality it can be a starting point. It’s never too late to be what you always wanted to be and with the money, experience and resources that come from retirement, it is the perfect time to start!

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Nick Thorne is the founder of NicksDigitalSolutions Limited a company that specialises in Education, Training and Writing. He lives in Levin, New Zealand.