Like many women over 60, one of my biggest goals is to keep my brain in great shape so that I can enjoy everything that life offers in the decades to come. While I occasionally do something stupid, like leave my keys in the freezer, for the most part, I think that I’m doing a pretty good job. I get plenty of exercise, write for several hours a day and even try to keep up on the latest research on the aging brain.
Women of our generation have a reputation for being willing to try new things. Through six decades of life, we have embraced new fashions, challenged the status quo and reinvented ourselves more times than we can count.
Most people would find the idea of completing 75 triathlons in 75 days daunting, but, this is exactly what Daphne Belt did to celebrate her 70th birthday. Daphne’s experience is inspirational, not just for her personal triumph, but, also for the message that it sends to women about exercise over 60.
You see, Daphne was not a born athlete. According to The Guardian, by her 50th birthday, Daphne was struggling with her weight to the point that she had difficulty climbing the stairs. Now, 25 years later, she is living proof that life after 50 can be filled with vitality, energy and new experiences.
Loneliness is a terrible emotion. It steals the fun from life, hurts our health and prevents us from following our dreams. Unfortunately, it is also a taboo subject, which few are willing to discuss in public. So, we let it sit quietly in our hearts and convince ourselves that we are alone in our loneliness. I want Sixty and Me to be a part of the solution and, as a first step, I reached out to the members of our community to ask them about their own experiences with loneliness.
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.
If you are curious about yoga for seniors, but, don’t know if it’s for you, my interview with Cat Kabira will definitely help. Over the last couple of years, yoga has increasingly become a part of my life. Thanks for Cat, I’m sleeping better, my body is less stiff and I have more energy. I hope that you enjoy the interview!
Despite everything we know about the importance of maintaining social connections as we get older, finding friends after 60 can be a challenge. As we age, the easy social connections that we enjoyed as schoolmates, parents and colleagues change. As a result, many women find themselves facing shrinking social circles and needing to make new friends. In other words, we find a void in our lives and no easy way to fill it.
There are so many misconceptions about the benefits of yoga for older women. Some people believe that the goal of yoga is to “get flexible.” Others think that it is only for the young and fit. This last belief is particularly frustrating because the benefits of gentle yoga for older adults are greater than for any other group. After all, we have decades of stress stored in our bodies!
What if someone told you your sex life could be better after 60 than it was in your 20s? Many people assume age-related changes in the body mean a decrease in sexual activity or at least sexual ability.
However, many older yogis discover that yoga can help them re-invigorate their sex lives in a variety of ways. Here are a few reasons to try yoga for better sex after 60.
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important components of overall health and well-being, especially for older women. Unfortunately, as we age, our sleep patterns often become more irregular. We might find ourselves getting tired earlier, waking up earlier, or sleeping less deeply than before.
This is not just a matter of inconvenience. As I learned from my conversation with author and molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, sleep is one of the most important things for the aging brain. But, what can we do about it?