I've lived a fairly long time, been through almost all of the developmental stages and have witnessed thousands of times others going through them. The bridges between the stages are the most interesting, where most of the unknown rests. We are between two stools, so to speak. It takes a graceful adjustment (hopefully) once we come out of our denial that that is where we are. And the feeling into that unknown (especially if it seems like a down turn) is where our decades of maturity comes in handy.
The willingness to change is required. Tweaking or revamping nutritional needs to optimize our sense of wellbeing. Adding supplements to support usurped nutrients the body isn't so robustly producing on its own. Experimenting with alternative forms of healthcare like acupuncture, botanicals, homeopathy or naturopathy, chiropractic or bodywork for aches or pains that don't resolve themselves like they did when one was younger. Recognizing stretching is a requirement, no longer a "it-would-be-nice-to do-if-you-can" prior to exercise or to relieve ligaments and muscles that tighten a lot more easily. Taking a pro-active, preventative, and informed approach to one's health and in relationship to the healthcare industry is a mature step.
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