As a senior woman, chances are you have lived a life of duty. You have spent most of your decades dedicating time, focus, and energy to your family and career – which is a completely noble and necessary role.
You’re sitting there, staring blankly ahead and thinking to yourself… Where do I go from here? Your so-called retirement years can either be a true sense of the phrase “golden years” or, sadly, the stereotypical boring bust…
Wikipedia defines successful aging as “physical, mental and social well-being in older age.” The authors of Successful Aging: The MacArthur Foundation Study, John Rowe, MD, and Robert Kahn, PhD, define it as “the cross-section between three components.”
Think school is something reserved for your adolescent years?
Perhaps in the traditional sense… but studies show that education is particularly important for people in their 60s and beyond.
Why is finding the right volunteer opportunity important?
Not only does giving back to society provide you with a strong sense of purpose and fulfillment but it’s also good for your health and overall well-being.
Afraid of the aging process?
Aging is certainly not glamorized in the media and there’s even some ageism ingrained in our pop culture, so don’t fret if you are indeed afraid. You’re not alone.
With the rise of all the scary stats among seniors (like Alzheimer’s, loneliness, depression, divorce, and nursing home occupancy), it’s becoming more and more difficult to lead an active, healthy, and engaged retirement lifestyle.
A great number of studies tells us social interaction is important and good for our health and overall well-being. Especially so among senior women.
Conversely, here’s what could happen if you neglect your social well-being:
Recent studies have found that you can create new neural pathways for the rest of your life!
We used to think our brain plasticity was stagnant and fixed, up until researchers like Dr. Norman Doige, a psychiatrist from the University of Toronto, helped to reveal that this isn’t the case.
Contrary to popular belief, aging does not make you less adventurous and less creative. This is one of the debunked seven myths about aging that could be hurting your potential.