When I visited Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the amazing showroom and tailor, Atelier Sangalli. What an amazing experience! Tailoring is one of the oldest and most fascinating professions and to experience the process in the heart of Milan was an absolute treat. I came away thinking that, in a world filled with mass-produced clothing and cookie-cutter styles, it’s a shame that more women don’t take advantage of the services of these highly skilled professionals.
When you picture a yoga student, what kind of person pops into your mind? If you’re like most of us, you probably imagine a young, slender, athletic woman, twisting herself into a pretzel, with a serene look on her face. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with this picture. After all, yoga really does have the power to transform your body and mind. The problem comes when we prevent ourselves from getting involved with something because of embarrassment or false expectations.
Women over sixty are redefining the concept of “retirement.” Instead of “aging gracefully,” more women than ever are starting new businesses, working part-time, volunteering, pursuing creative interests, or otherwise finding new ways to make a contribution to the world. So, if you are planning a retirement party for someone special in your life, it’s important to keep in mind what “retirement” means to them. For most women, celebrating retirement is not about “the end” of their active lives, but, turning the page to a new chapter.
It’s easy to feel confused by all the healthy aging advice out there. Wine is good for you. Wine is bad for you. Take calcium supplements. Don’t take calcium supplements. At times, it seems like the “experts” really don’t know what they’re talking about. I can’t solve any of these debates. But, I can give you a few simple things that you can do to stay healthy after 60.
Death is part of life. On some level, we understand that dying is inevitable, even natural, but, that doesn’t make it any easier to accept. Most women over 60 have confronted their mortality on some level. Many of us have encountered health issues. Others have lost a spouse or close friend. Almost all of us have watched our parents grow old.
Before leaving for Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I asked the Sixty and Me community to send me their fashion questions. As I studied their emails, certain patterns emerged. For example, while the women in our community are wonderfully unique, their fashion concerns are strikingly similar.
As women over 60, we have come to accept the changes in our body and love ourselves. At the same time, we are realists. We want to choose clothes that accentuate our best assets and hide our perceived flaws. So, as a part of our fashion for women over 60 video series, I sat down with Melanie to discuss your concerns and look for simple solutions.
What Is an All-Inclusive Vacation?
There are many different ways to define “all-inclusive,” which presents travelers with a challenge. For some travel providers, such as Viking River Cruises, “all-inclusive” means that everything – food, beverages during meals, featured shore excursions, port taxes – is included in the trip price, but airfare, spa treatments, optional excursions and gratuities are extra. For others, such as Club Med, “all-inclusive” means that your airfare, meals, child care, most sports activities and lessons and beverages are included, but SCUBA diving trips, spa treatments and gratuities are not.
Let’s have a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of all-inclusive travel deals.
Is life becoming literally a pain in the neck for you? Especially for seniors, chronic neck and shoulder soreness can result in decreased range of movement as well as hunched posture. To counteract upper body tension, learn these simple yoga stretches.
You can do these gentle stretches in a chair or standing up. For this practice, you will need a yoga belt (or improvised yoga belt substitute like a fabric belt from a bathrobe or even your dog’s leash). If you plan to practice in a chair, try to choose one with a flat, non-upholstered seat.
What was the happiest time of your life? If you’re like many women over 60, the answer is “right now.” After 60 years of looking after other people, many of us are exploring our independence and building new lives, full of possibility and adventure. Unfortunately, positivity is not equally distributed after 60. While some of us are having the time of our lives, others are still looking for direction, dealing with loneliness or looking to the past.
When I asked the 44,000 members of the Sixty and Me community what was preventing them from starting a business, by far the most common response was “I don’t have a business idea.” As I mentioned in part 1 of this series, the first step to take when starting a business is to examine your own strengths. But, what next? How can you convert your passions, experience and skills into profitable work? How can you find a business idea that is right for you?
When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, for our fashion for women over 60 video series, I was shocked to find out that I was committing several serious fashion faux pas. Not only was I drawing attention away from my best assets, but, I was actually making some of the challenges that us older women face even worse. Here are the top 6 fashion faux pas that women our age make and some advice on how to fix them.
Each time I begin a new yoga for seniors class, I tell my students that the first thing we’re going to practice is breathing. Students usually laugh when I say this. After all, breathing is something all of us literally do in our sleep. Why take a breathing lesson? However at the end of class, students usually come up and thank me for teaching them how to breathe better.