Vibrant Aging

Age isn’t the enemy.

That’s certainly what the folks in the beauty and personal care market spend billions on each year trying to get us to believe. So, how do we learn how to age vibrantly when we were never taught how? In his book, Aging in America, Lawrence R. Samuel takes a hard look at the cultural history of aging. An important part of aging well is eating right. Fast food is cheap and easy, but it isn’t healthy. Check out this list of healthy meal prep practices and options. Don’t forget to stay Hydrated!

Defy Aging with Fitness!

You’ll never believe this hack I have for defying age.

The National Senior Games. I know we aren’t all Olympic athletes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a variety of physical activities to defy aging!

You know that I love to stay active. There are many ways to get fit, and each of us may like something different than the next person. Some of my personal favorites are yoga, cycling, and walking. If it’s been a while since you’ve worked out, we’ve got some fun ways to ease back into it.

Keep on Reading 

Are you ready to exercise your mind? Reading has been proven to reduce stress, strengthen your memory, improve your focus, and extend your life span. Goodreads+ allows you to have access to thousands of books, and you can join book clubs as well. In our current world of instant gratification, buying and storing paperback books seems like unneeded clutter in our homes. The Kindle Paperwhite has made reading easy and accessible. You can find books from all genres including mystery, romance, and adventure. Speaking of adventure, Harrison Ford a guy who personifies adventure is still going strong at 81!

What would you like to learn?

Are you tired of depending on Google University for everything? Skills and a deeper understanding of something could be just the thing you need to thrive in your third age. Udemy is my secret weapon to lifelong learning. What if you could go back to college for free? I know this sounds too good to be true, but I promise it’s not. Many colleges are actually offering free college tuition for third-agers. You can audit courses without any homework or tests. It’s certainly a stress-free way to learn! I’ve put together a list of 20 colleges that offer this exciting program.

Let’s Live Longer and Better!

Do you want to know the secret to living longer? Having a positive mindset about aging can make a huge difference in the longevity of your life. The beauty market is pushing “anti-aging” products more than ever, so it’s up to us to feed our minds with more positive points about aging. 55+ Life Magazine is a great option with expert opinions and positive stories worth feeding your mind. Another way we can help extend our lives is through movement. Our busy schedules often keep people from going to a gym. We’ve included products for at-home pilates, which is one of my favorite ways to keep active.

Aging With Grace @ThirdAgeMojo

Are you ready to have an honest review of what life after 60 is like? Sandra Hart chats from her home, causally covering important topics and making you feel right at home with her. Have you been looking for a book that will leave you releasing the stresses of life? Lessons From Lucy, gives you age lessons that are beautiful and funny. Lucy’s human Dad is Dave Berry, a well-known author, and humorist. Dave is a Third Ager worth learning more about. 

Codependency and You

Stop what you are doing right now and ask yourself a question. Are you codependent? If you are honest with yourself, your answer may be a tough pill to swallow. Setting boundaries can often be challenging, but the time to regain your life back is now! In her book, Codependent No More, Melody Beattie teaches you how to get back onto the path of happiness. Breaking habits, especially unhealthy ones can be difficult. I’ve seen non-alcoholic drinks all over social media, which is why I decided to put together my favorite non-alcoholic drink options.

A is for Aging

Remember when you thought 30 was old? Our version of “old” was often grumpy and uninteresting people. It’s time to change our attitudes about aging. Lindsey McDivitt is doing just that. On her blog, “A is for Aging,” she reviews children’s books that cover accurate depictions of aging. This is a fun way to learn how to talk about aging with children. Everyone has a story that is worth capturing, the LifeBio app makes it easy to share your past to pave the way for the future.

What Happens At the Dinner table changes the future.

Conversations can change lives, and what better way to get talking than playing games and sharing a delicious meal? Intergenerational dinners allow everyone to relax and share perspectives that are unique to their generation. With the help of the Modern Elder Academy, we can all make a difference in our communities by hosting intergenerational dinners. Generations Over Dinner maps out the dinners and even provides popular topics to discuss, such as love and relationships, purpose, and the future. Janine Vanderburg, whom I interviewed last year, is changing the narrative on aging positively. Conversations about aging are beneficial to everyone and is a topic that can be discussed over the next intergenerational dinner that you host. Spending time with others whether it’s friends, or family is vital for our well-being and mental health.