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Getting Older – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Margaret Manning November 23, 2015 Mindset

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.

What’s the Truth About Getting Older?

For example, with more freedom than at almost any other point in our lives, we are free to explore our passions. We also have the perspective and experience to navigate life’s little road bumps with grace.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to watch the video, here it is. Please take a few minutes to watch it, then, join the conversation at the end of the article.

The feedback on the video was overwhelmingly positive. Most women who commented on the video and sent me emails agreed that life after 60 is, on the whole exciting.

At the same time, there were a few women who reminded me that life after 60 is not all roses and chocolates. These women said that I was being too generous. They reminded me that the changes that take place in our bodies are real. In addition, they pointed out that many women in the community have lost a spouse or someone else who is close to them.

These are certainly fair points. In fact, their emails encouraged me to start a conversation about the aging process. I’m really curious what life after 60 is really like for you.

Please take a few minutes to join the conversation at the end of this article. Here are the topics that I would love to get your feedback on:

First, what are the things that you have been most pleasantly surprised about when it comes to life after 60? Where there things that society made you fearful of – wrinkles, a little extra weight, etc – that actually turned out to be not a big deal?

Second, which, if any negative perceptions of aging did you find to be true? Are there aspects of your life that are more difficult now than they were when you were younger? If so, what steps, if any, have you taken to compensate for them?

Thanks again for being a part of the Sixty and Me community! I look forward to joining you in the discussion below.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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