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What is my age?
How many days old am I?
How many months old am I?
Why do we age?
Cultures that celebrate aging

What is my age?

In this context, age (noun) refers to the time someone has lived or the time something has existed. Age (noun) can also be referred to as a distinct period of history.
With that being said, you can manually calculate your age by subtracting your birth year from the year you wish to know your age in. It doesn't get any easier than that!
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How many days old am I?

For the sake of this calculation, let's say a year is 365 days. If you are 27 years old in the current year, your age in days is calculated by multiplying 27 by 365. So, you are 9855 days old.
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You can do this at any age, at any time. Let's try another example. Perhaps you have a sweet grandmother who is 85 years old. Her age in days would be 85 x 365, which results in her being 31025 days old.

How many months old am I?

This one is as simple as the previous calculation. Let's take the same example and convert 27 years to months. As we know, a year is 12 months, so we will multiply 27 by 12. The result is 324; therefore, you are 324 months old.
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Why do we age?

Aging is the fact that all of us are familiar with. We witness ourselves and others age as the years go by. Perhaps your cousin is getting ready for high school, but it was only yesterday you were babysitting them.
Aging is an obvious fact that has more depth to it than we might think. To make it easier, let's divide aging into two categories:

1) Cellular aging

As the name indicates, this type of aging is related to how our cells age biologically due to intrinsic factors. Our cells divide, multiply, and perform tasks according to how they are programmed. As impressive as this is, the division causes the cells to get older over time. As cells get older, it gets harder to function, and they might fail at some tasks. All this causes the cell to become less healthy over time and finally to age.

2) Environmental aging

Environmental aging is due to extrinsic factors, which refer to how our lifestyle and surroundings can cause us to age. Examples are air pollution, tobacco smoke, body weight, malnutrition, UV rays, and alcohol consumption rates. As you see, some of these can be manipulated by us, and some others are inevitable. You decide to consume alcohol or not, but you don't have as much control over the air quality.
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Industrial activities cause air pollution.
In conclusion, whether we like it or not, we are bound to age, but the quality is up to us to some extent. So, if you plan on aging gracefully, you might want to take a good look at your daily habits.
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Keeping an active lifestyle is one way to age gracefully.
Check out this article for further information on aging:
Why do we age - Forms of aging

Cultures that celebrate aging

Aging is not always looked upon in a negative light. In some cultures, it is a symbol of wisdom and respect. Let's cover a few different cultures to get a better understanding of the topic:

1) Native American culture

According to the Native Americans, death is an accepted fact of life and is not associated with fear in any way. The elders of this culture are the primary source of knowledge and share their experience with the younger generation to hold up the tradition of passing on tribe wisdom.
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2) African-American community

African-Americans believe that the passing of a loved one is life-affirming emotions and is not only accompanied by sorrow and grief, as mentioned in the book "The Truth About Death and Dying" by Karen H. Meyers. They also believe that death is part of the humans' natural life cycle which helps lessen the fear of death.
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3) Ancient Roman culture

In ancient Rome, elders were respected for their wisdom and were considered the primary resources for knowledge for the younger generation. The mindset was that if anyone had made it to the age of 70, they must be praised for have received the level of wisdom, as the age expectancy was not as high and was word 25.
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4) Chinese culture

The Chinese culture is highly focused on the children taking care of their elders. According to this culture, parents' placement in a retirement house is considered a profoundly dishonorable act. Even though this cultural act has been lessened, still in some regions of China, it is deemed to be disrespectful. This is due to the effect of western culture.
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5) Indian culture

The elders in an Indian family act as the family's head and the primary source for advice. The younger family members take care of them, and in return, the elders provide support for the youngsters and help raise them.
Like the Chinese culture, sending Indian elders to a retirement house is considered disrespectful and a social disgrace.
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Check out this article for further information:
7 Cultures Where 'Old' Isn't A Bad Word

Parmis Kazemi
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Published: Fri Nov 05 2021
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