Recently , a high-profile athlete was quoted as saying that she was feeling the same way in her 50s as she did in her thirties; I’m sure many would agree with her. And as the baby boomers enter their fifties, and 34% of them are aged 50 or more, we’re anticipating living longer, fitter life-long, and fulfilling ones. For many of us, the way we experience ageing and middle-age has become more fluid and a relaxed thing. As we age, it appears that there are more ambiguous parameters and stereotypes associated with aging.
How many of us now gaze into the mirror to look at an old person towards us? With the ready availability of hair dyeing, the possibility of a healthier diet, healthcare, as well as the availability of numerous non-invasive surgical options, we’re now able to chase the years away in relative ease. Remaining interested and keeping on top of what’s happening around the world keeps us in the present and connected. It’s never been simpler.
Fashion, too, is more inclusive as fashion houses realize that older individuals are an appealing market to target. Sportswear and leisure activities that appeal towards people who have plenty of time to relax and disposable income can be a valuable way to create custom. Many older people are inclined to engage in sports like golf, are keen to travel and have an active social life. There’s demand for an attractive wardrobe to support that lifestyle.
An increasingly large percentage of the workforce are self-employed. This gives them greater freedom in planning their calendars, as well as the ability to change and alter the way they implement their commitment to work. It implies that retirement doesn’t necessarily have to happen at a pre-determined age or time in life; winding down can be planned at any time and whenever it is needed.
And then, there are individuals who may have had to wait until their forties to let their children quit their homes or to begin an end to an unhappy relationship. This decision will prompt some major changes in the domestic and financial landscape and often brings an eagerly anticipated new start in life.
For some, financial pressure could have eased as they’ve become older as the mortgage is taken care of, children’s education completed, and maybe pensions starting to pay. Some may need or want to work; making money could be an important factor, and the routine and social aspects of working can provide an order and social connection to their lives.
The feeling of being younger than you were is about both mental and physical exercise and stimulation. The University of the Third Age is one organisation that provides engaging courses and activities for older people. However, a variety of training courses which support activities, hobbies, and arts and crafts as well as retraining towards professional qualifications are all available to people of a certain age. They provide routine, motivation and challenge, as well as opportunities for friendship and social interaction. Physical and mental fitness such as yoga, walking games, sports to quizzes and engaging conversations are all vital in keeping us healthy and young.
As we get older some people may be beginning to experience physical or health-related limitations, but this does not mean closing the door on an enjoyable and fulfilling existence. The different levels of care offered in your home could be customized to suit each individual’s needs including meal delivery, cleaning services to overnight care and companionship. Online access is a great way to bring everything like family, friends shopping, work, education and entertainment in the home, as and when required.
The option of downsizing can be appealing for many parents once their children are no longer at home and have committed to living independently. The process could release some capital and bring less obligation in terms of operating costs and maintenance. Reducing financial stress is a key means to remain young, healthy and engaged in a life of active living.
There are people who use their later in life to revisit an interest from previous years that they had to abandon or were unable to continue. In the future, it could be the perfect moment to establish an interest in business perhaps a consultancy in which you can follow a fresh, satisfying way to achieve success.
Some have made a list of things they want to do, places they want to visit as long as they’re physically fit and capable of enjoying their time. Numerous tour operators offer adventure trips or long-stay options for those who have the time, money and inclination to take up these opportunities . It’s an ideal way to spend the winter months with adventure warm, comfort and a relaxed lifestyle.
The saying “health is wealth is especially relevant as we age with people getting healthier and having more disposable income capable of and willing to have the independence that comes with lesser responsibility. Caring for grandchildren may be one of the ways to relax for a few moments, but many people in their later years also keep busy diary pages, packed with events, clubs and social gatherings. Keeping active and interested in life, and being open to new opportunities is a major antidote to old age.
Susan Leigh, Altrincham, Cheshire, South Manchester counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor offers help with relationship issues as well as managing stress, assertiveness and confidence. She works with clients individually, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.
She is the author of three books including ‘Dealing with Stress and Managing the Impact’, ‘101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday’, and “Dealing with Death: Coping with the pain’. They are all available sold on Amazon and packed with easy to read sections, tips and strategies to help you have a more positive outlook on your life