From the Editor: #NoFilter

On aging gracefully—Instagram edits aside.

When’s the last time you posted a photo to your Facebook page or Instagram feed without first using some sort of editing or filtering tool to enhance it? (It’s probably been awhile.) Have you ever asked yourself why you do it, or has it become second nature?

Social media used to be a method for people to keep in touch, but it has now become a breeding ground for low self-esteem. People of all ages have become fascinated with uploading distorted—and oftentimes, heavily edited—images from their lives, hoping to garner likes and followers. If an app on your phone can alter your appearance, making your skin look brighter and clearer, teeth whiter and body more toned, then how can we ever accept and appreciate the aging process?

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Four locals, who are lauded for their healthy habits, share some tips in this issue that have helped them age gracefully. A common theme among them is spending time doing something that they love. “It’s important to always have goals to reach for, to give your best to your family and friends and to enjoy life,” advises Mike Cole, a PGA teaching professional at Rock Manor Golf Club in Wilmington. Monica Dudley, owner of Bella’s YOUnique Bridal Boutique in New Castle, echoes that sentiment: “Live from the inside out. Happy inside equals happy outside!” 

This issue also offers some helpful diet and skincare advice. Who knew certain foods like blueberries and tomatoes had the power to counteract the effects of aging? Writer Pam George dishes on eight foods that can help you stay healthier and sharper.

But diet and exercise can only do so much. Does a sense of fulfillment impact how we age? Believe it or not, having a sense of purpose plays a big role in the aging process. According to a 2017 study of 6,000 people over the age of 50 published in JAMA Psychiatry, those who had a sense of purpose in their daily lives had less possibility of losing strength in their grips and developing slower walks—two significant indications of aging. Writer Michael Bradley delves into this intriguing subject in his story.

We hope this issue of 302Health offers you some helpful tips on how to stay healthy and age gracefully. If you have any age-defying secrets of your own, we would love to hear them. Please send them my way via email:

—Danielle Bouchat-Friedman • Editor of 302Health

Danielle Bouchat-Friedman

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