Recently a top sportswoman was quoted saying that she was feeling the same way in her forties as she did in her thirties. I’m guessing many people would agree with her. And as the baby boomers reach their 50s and 34% of people have reached the age of fifty or older, we’re all anticipating living longer, fitter life-long, and fulfilling ones. In many cases,, the process of aging and middle age has changed to a more fluid and relaxed affair. Ageing is a process that has more ambiguous parameters and stereotypes associated with ageing.
How many of us now gaze into the mirror to look at an old person towards us? Thanks to the easy availability of hair coloring, access to better diet and health care, and the possibility of having a range of non-invasive surgical treatments we’re being able to fend off the ageing process with ease. Remaining interested and keeping updated with what’s happening in the world keeps us in the present, connected and it’s never been easier.
Fashion, too, is more inclusive as fashion houses realize that older people are an ideal target market. Sportswear and leisure activities that appeal to people with a surfeit of leisure time and disposable income is a valuable way to create custom. Many older adults are inclined to take up sport, golf, explore more and live an active social life. There’s a need for a fashionable wardrobe to support that lifestyle.
A growing proportion of the population is self-employed. This gives them greater freedom in planning their calendars, as well as the option to adapt and alter the way they implement their commitment to work. It means that retirement does not necessarily have to happen at an undetermined time or age in your life. The process of winding down can be incorporated at any time and whenever it is needed.
Then, there are those people who have perhaps been waiting until they reached their 50s to allow their children to leave home or to start in the end of a strained relationship. This can trigger massive domestic and financial chaos and often brings an eagerly anticipated fresh beginning to the new year.
For some, financial pressure might have decreased as they’ve aged, with the mortgage paying off, the kids’ education completed, and maybe pensions beginning to pay out. Others might still require or want to work; making money could be an important aspect, as the routine and social side of work brings some structure and social interaction to their life.
The feeling of being younger than you were is about both mental and physical activity and stimulation. It is a good idea to join the University of the Third Age is one such organization that offers engaging courses and activities for older people. However, a variety of training courses which support interests, hobbies, and arts and craft as well as retraining towards professional certifications are open to people of a certain age. They provide routine, focus and challenge and also opportunities for social interaction and friendship. Physical and mental exercises including yoga, walking, sport to quizzes and stimulating conversation are all crucial in helping to keep us healthy and young.
As we get older some people may have started to experience physical or health-related limitations, but it does not mean stopping the pursuit of a satisfying and fulfilling life. Different levels of assistance in homes can be tailored according to the needs of the individual, from meal delivery, cleaning services, through to companionship and overnight care. Internet access is a great way to bring everything in the form of family, friendship shopping, work, education and entertainment into the home, depending on the need.
Down-sizing is an attractive option for many parents once their children have moved out of the home and are now living on their own. It could be a good way to release some capital and reduce responsibility in terms of maintenance and overheads. Reduced financial stress is a crucial way to keep us active, healthy and healthy in living an active life.
There are people who use their later in life to revisit an interest from their earlier days that they decided to give up or were unable to carry on. In the future, it could be a great moment to establish an entirely new business venture perhaps a consultancy where there’s the freedom to pursue a new, satisfying way to achieve success.
For others, they’ve created a bucket list of things they want to do, places they’d like visiting whilst they’re still fit and able to take advantage of these activities. A lot of tour operators offer excursions or options for long-stay for those with the time, money and desire to avail these opportunities and it’s ideal to fill the winter months with fun warm, comfort and a relaxed lifestyle.
The saying ‘health is wealth is particularly true as we get older, with many of us getting fitter, having more disposable income as well as being able and ready to take advantage of the liberties that come with lesser responsibility. Being a caregiver for your grandchildren could be one of the ways to relax for a few days, but a lot of people in their later years have busy diaries, filled with clubs, plans and social occasions. Being active and engaged as well as open to new opportunities is a major antidote to ageing.
Susan Leigh, Altrincham, Cheshire, South Manchester counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor as well as a writer and media contributor. offers help with relationship issues including assertiveness, stress management and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and offers corporate workshops and support.
She is the author of three books, ‘Dealing with Stress and the Effect it has on us”, ‘101 days of Inspiration #tipoftheday’ and “Dealing with Death: Coping with Pain’. All of them are available accessible on Amazon and featuring easy to follow sections, helpful tips and strategies to help you have a more positive outlook on your life