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Prominent Tucsonans share their plans for Aging Well in 2013

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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:22 pm

Scientists believe that the drive to make New Year’s resolutions may be ingrained in human nature. According to clinical psychologist and author John Duffy, many of us have a natural slant towards self-improvement, and although January 1 is an arbitrary date to make changes, it gives us a start date to set and meet our goals.

New Year’s resolutions have existed since the sixth century BCE, when the Babylonian calendar was widely adopted. Although ancient Babylonians may not have resolved to stick to a regular workout schedule, it was natural then, as now, to view the New Year as a fresh start. Flash forward to January 1, 2013, which seems the perfect time to turn one’s thoughts to new commitments to age well.

There are a multitude of directions to take toward aging well in 2013. For example, Kevin Stockton, CEO of Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, says he plans to do so through the following goals: “Exercise more consistently, drink more water, spend more quality time with family (mental health), use sunscreen more consistently, and see my primary care physician for a health physical.”

Staying active is on many peoples’ minds as they think ahead. Randy Karrer, fire chief for Golder Ranch Fire District, has a two-pronged plan for 2013. “Aging well is not only about your physical health, but your mental health as well. That’s why I’m going to make a concerted effort to have more fun in the New Year. And as we age, we start to experience a lack of activity. So I’m going to increase my activity level—and have fun doing it,” he says.

Chad Nolan, general manager at the Golf Club at Vistoso, is on the same page as Chief Karrer. He says, “To age well in the New Year, I plan on playing a little bit more golf. I want to get out, enjoy the nice Tucson weather, socialize, and get a little exercise.”

Lou Waters, Oro Valley’s vice mayor, has a different take on aging well: “I plan to resist. Pushing back against a modern lifestyle of ease and comfort is essential for living and aging well.  You know the expression ‘use it or lose it.’ Well, I’m using it in 2013.”

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild would like to emulate his role models in 2013. “My mom and dad are great examples of aging well. Both are active in the community,” he says. “My dad still goes to work every day at age 85. My mom stays active with charitable causes, family, and friends. I try to live up to their work ethic and their civic engagement, but I don’t know that I’m there yet. I think caring about others is key.”

 And Jim Click of Jim Click Automotive points out, “Growing old is not optional, but growing up is.” He is mulling over what growing up entails and how to do it well. “We’re all going to get old, that’s inevitable, and there is lots of information out there on how to grow old gracefully.” 

Many Tucson locals age 55 and better may be considering aging well by spending less time on household chores and more time enjoying the activities they love. Tom Rios, experience director at Splendido, says, “Splendido residents have so many opportunities to discover (or rediscover) their passions and dreams. The lifestyle they enjoy, along with the wealth of amenities and programs we offer, all add up to the perfect place to live and age well, no matter how you choose to do so.”

If anyone has the inside track on how to age well, it is artist Irving Olson, age 99, who has lived at Splendido for six years. Those looking for their own ideas for aging well should consider his wise words: “The secret is 50 percent marrying the right spouse, 45 percent everything in moderation, and 5 percent don’t take any grief from anyone.” 

Splendido offers all-inclusive, resort-style living through the 10,000-square-foot Saluté Spa & Fitness Center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 24-hour concierge, multiple restaurants and lounges, an 18-hole putting course and movie theatre. 

To learn more about Splendido, call 878-2612 or visit

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