When you hear the term “identity safety,” what do you think? In a casual conversation at the bank, I told a man that my dissertation was on the topic of identity safety. “Oh” he replied “I work on that too, I am in the security industry, fighting identity theft.”
If you consider the way that the aging process is portrayed in the media, it’s no surprise that many of us have a fear of life after 60. In reality, aging is nothing to be afraid of. As this amazing and heartwarming video shows, it can even be something to be celebrated.
Few questions spark more response from the women in the Sixty and Me community than “Are you aging gracefully?”
While some women are content to take it easy in retirement – and there is nothing wrong with this by the way – most say that the concept of aging gracefully is limiting and old-fashioned.
One of the most fascinating aspects of running Sixty and Me is getting to interact with all of the fabulous women in our community. At the same time, managing a community of 100,000 women over 60 is a challenge. Why? Because everyone experiences life after 60 completely differently!
Helen Mirren has never been afraid to speak her mind. In recent interviews, she has talked about sex after 60 and rallied against ageism in Hollywood.
A few weeks ago, I posted a video talking about some of the best things about getting older. In the video, I argued that the “less” frame that so many of us have when we reach our 60s is misplaced. Far from being a time of inevitable decline, life after 60 can be anything that we want it to be.
One of the biggest challenges that we all face as we get older is how to find new meaning in our lives. For better or for worse, our younger years are defined by the people around us. We are needed by our kids, partners, colleagues, bosses and friends. Then, in our 60s, things start to change. Our kids are doing their own thing. Our careers are slowing down – or ending all together.
Jamie Lee Curtis may have got her start in horror films, but, there is one thing that she definitely isn’t afraid of – getting older! Instead of seeing life after 60 as a time to take it easy, she is looking forward to the opportunity to make the absolute most of her life.
By anyone’s standards, Judi Dench has done a lot of things “right” in her life. Not only has she followed her passions and become one of the best-loved actresses of all time, but, she is also a genuinely good person.