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4 ideas to embrace growing older with gratitude

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4 ideas to embrace growing older with gratitude
Congratulations, you’re getting old! In this youth-centric society, that might sound like a crazy notion, but society is wrong. Seniors have the wonderful opportunity to live a life that only our younger counterparts can dream about. Yet, we’re so often led to believe that being old is a monumental disaster, a time in which we just sit around and wait to die. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, since we’re living into our 90s now, our senior years last much longer than our formative years. There’s much to do with all that time.

Let’s embrace our age! There are a ton of reasons to enjoy this incredible time in our lives. Consider these ideas that explore what’s so great about getting older, and how we can embrace that notion.

Our Bodies are Beautiful

Get moving & exercise

We have wrinkles. Knobby knees, bloated knuckles, and our veins have somehow floated up to the surface like blue rivers running up and down our legs. Society says this is bad, but it’s all our fate, and truly, is there really anything so bad about smile lines? There isn’t. It just means you’ve been happy. What’s wrong with that?

Sure, we need to give our bodies tune-ups more often than we ever did in our younger days, but they’re still our bodies, and we should love and nurture them. It’s important to have positive feelings when it comes to our physique; it actually helps our well-being to be proud and happy with the amazing things the human body can do.

Old and New Pleasures

What do seniors have that everyone wants? Time. Now, we can do all the things we’ve always wanted to do, and all the things we already enjoy. Love making big feasts? Now you can spend an entire day doing nothing but cooking – and you can have all your friends over to delight in it with you because they have time, too! Days of golfing, boating, walking through the woods with the dog, traveling, learning a new language, painting, playing an instrument, knitting, playing cards, reading poetry, studying world history, or your lineage – there are a million things you can do now that there simply wasn’t time to do before. It’s vacation every day.

Engage Your Wisdom

Retirement isn’t a time to sit around and watch television, rather, it’s a kind of utopia – it’s free, unbothered time. Want to stay sharp? Get a part-time job, join the board of an organization you admire. Using your life’s knowledge is beneficial for both the people you engage with, as well as your mental health.

Exercising our brains is important in several ways. The first, good mental health is directly associated with good overall physical health. Even more, stimulating our minds intuitively makes us want to socially engage, which is also seen as a great aid in aging without complication. Maintaining old networks is important, but finding new ones is crucial, too, as it keeps you astute.

It goes further than your social life. Seniors have a better overall life perspective. We have a better ability to prioritize what is truly important. We can focus more clearly on projects that excite us, because we better understand ourselves, and we won’t waste time with endeavors that aren’t worthwhile.

Exert Control

Old Age is Older

Loving our bodies, enjoying our lives to the fullest, and fulfilling our wisdom means we have an awful lot to offer. Rather than let the idea of becoming older discourage us, we ought to find it within ourselves to direct our lives in positive ways. It’s difficult to feel in control when unexpected illness befalls us, or our finances are at risk by things like the stock market, or real estate fluctuations. These are circumstances we can’t control, but our day-to-day lives are our destinies to determine. Each day we wake up with a fresh slate to fill. Ask yourself: if you could do anything in the world today, what would you do? Take control, and do it.

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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