By the time we reach our 60s, most women know a thing or two about our bodies. Most of us have learned to love ourselves, warts and all. After years of trying to please others, most of us are even able to see the funny site of the aging process. At the same time, women over 60 still face a lot of outside pressure when it comes to their appearance.
Talking to my fellow baby boomers, I’m convinced that many of us don’t realize just how many years are ahead of us – or how important healthy aging really is.
Even if we understand, “in theory,” that we have at least 20-30 more years to live, we may not have fully internalized this fact. As a result, when it comes to bad habits, like smoking or drinking too much alcohol, many of us take the position that “the damage has been done, so why change now?”
For many women in the Sixty and Me community, healthy aging requires more than making simple choices about what to eat and who to spend time with. Staying healthy after 60 also means getting the most from life after 60. The more we live, the healthier we become, and vice versa.
Here are a few ways that the women in our community are living with verve and passion:
When it comes to smoking, drinking and a lack of exercise, many women that I know have a fatalistic perspective. If you are in your 60s or 70s, it’s easy to convince yourself that “the damage has already been done.” But, is this really true? As it turns out, no, it isn’t – not in the slightest! Researchers are increasingly showing that it’s never too late to get benefits from abandoning a bad habit. For example, recent studies have found that people can add years to their life by quitting smoking, even in their 60s.
If you have been following Sixty and Me for any period of time, you already know that I am not a big fan of the term anti-aging. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the pressure that women feel to look younger is one of the key psychological factors holding us back after 60.
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.
If I told you that I could offer you a free way to look more beautiful, be happier and feel healthier, would you be interested? No, I’m not selling an anti-aging pill. I am, of course, talking about the power of your smile to make you look and feel better.
The word “Alzheimer’s” puts fear in the hearts of anyone over 60. Every time we forget our keys or can’t recall the name of a friend or family member, we worry that we are in the early stages of this horrible disease. Diagnosis of a disease as serious as Alzheimer’s is not to be ignored, so, a new research report from the United States caught my attention.
Misao Okawa is a Japanese woman who was born in 1898. She is the world’s oldest person at 116 years young. In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, Misao explains her simple recipe for longevity. She advises we eat lots of sushi, sleep eight hours a night and learn to relax.
Ray Kurzweil is Google’s Director of Engineering, and he spends a lot of his time thinking and making predictions about the future. He has a pretty good track record. For example, back when what we now know as “the Internet” was just a small network of computers in Europe, Kurzweil predicted that the Internet would become central to our lives. He also predicted that advances in artificial intelligence would make it possible for computers to beat humans at chess, eight years before it happened.