Category Archives: Sixty Something Now and Beyond

Dealing with the aging process for ourselves and our aging parents.

ShareCare

In the interest of informing our readers of things you may find interesting, recently I came across the website, sharecare, by Dr. Oz.  Perhaps you are already aware of it.

I was actually Googling something and when I saw this as one of the results, I checked it out.  A few months ago, I had heard it referenced and of course, who wouldn’t want to check out Dr. Oz’s website.

The thing I found most interesting is that the answers to your query are answered on his site by other experts from many different respected organizations.  For instance, the question I was checking on had answers from Dr. Oz (of course), someone from Johns Hopkins, someone from The American Red Cross, an expert from New York Presbyterian Hospital, and a number of others.

If you have read this blog for a while, you may be aware that I am so very thrilled to have all of this technology available to us.  How wonderful to have a reference to start to look for answers.  However, if you are a doctor, please don’t think I am encouraging people to go to the Internet for answers and not their doctor.  I am not.

However, the Internet is a wonderful place to start and become a bit educated.  Some say the Internet has information that has not been checked for accuracy.  I believe this is correct, but as with anything, do your homework.  Read lots of answers from a number of sources and then make a final decision as to what you will believe.  And then maybe a call to the doctor would be in order!

Let me know if the sharecare website is helpful.  Thanks.

It’s All Relative

This was written in the early days of Sixty Something Now.  As I read it just now, I still find it rather humorous.  Well, maybe it’s just my humor.  What do you think?

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Sometimes I wonder why these amusing thoughts pop into my head.  Recently I was thinking of what I would write for a blog post, and something occurred to me.  When I’m in a conversation and it may involve my Mother, for instance, I explain… She’s no longer older.  She is old.  I am older.

My Mother turned 97 years old in November 2009.  I don’t feel it is insulting in any way to say she is old.  So where does that leave someone in my age demographic.  Well I would say that people would refer to us as older.

The amusing part of this that struck me earlier is that when we do comparisons using a word like old, to describe other things, it’s kind of the opposite.  Old used this way to compare something like a date on a loaf of bread, means it is not as old as older, meaning that the older bread is more stale or moldy than the old bread.  You know… old, older, oldest.

Now this is not earth-shattering stuff, but just a little thought I had.  Thought it may bring a chuckle to your day.  Any thoughts you’d like to share?  Feel free to comment.

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Oh, on a side bar note, my Mother will be turning 100 years old in November.  Wow!  That is OLD!  My Mother would definitely agree.

Right Now

This post was written in the early days of Sixty Something Now.  It certainly is relevant to everyone and everything on an ongoing basis.

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It has been said that all we have is today.  I’m sure we all agree on that, because we have lived enough years to know it’s obvious that we get to live only one minute at a time.

Last week I learned about a young man, 26 years of age, who was murdered.  What an awful tragedy for his family and friends to deal with that loss on so many levels, including the impending birth of his first child in a couple months.

All of us have a history over these past years, and hopefully it doesn’t hold something as difficult as this to have dealt with.  But would you not agree, that every time we hear something like this it gives us a reason to make every day count for something.

Yesterday, I was driving in downtown Detroit along a very old highway with very narrow lanes.  This is one of my least favorite highways anywhere.  I successfully arrived at my appointment and was there for only about 25 minutes.  As I got back on the road heading west, the traffic started to slow up a bit, and as I continued I could see the flashing lights on the eastbound side where I had just driven a little while before.  There were probably about 4-5 cars in various stages of being crashed and smashed.  At about the time that I passed the area, the traffic report came on the radio and reported some details, including a person lying on the road surface as a result.

Yikes!  I had just traveled on that road to get to my appointment!  I don’t think it was my imagination that most of the drivers around me slowed down just a bit.

At a time like that, and when we hear of these things happening, I guess the immediate response is to appreciate what we have right now.  Appreciate our lives, our family, our loved ones, our friends.  And I would imagine that at times when we hear things like this, we appreciate our life even if it isn’t what we would consider perfect or where we want it to be.  Perhaps we should rethink that one.  Maybe our life is perfect just the way it is–today.

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What are your thoughts and experiences about this?

So What Is Retirement?

This post is from a couple years ago.  I wrote it not too soon after I started this blog.  What are your thoughts?  It’s still relevant to the concept of Sixty Something Now.

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Early in each week, I’ll be writing about something to do with Sixty Something Now and Beyond.  By the way this is the new name for The Joys of Aging.  I didn’t like the word aging, thus the change.

How do you feel about the concept of retirement?  Is this word even on you radar?  A few weeks ago, someone asked my husband why he continued to work so hard (from her perspective) and not just retire and enjoy life.  He explained that he really enjoyed what he was doing and he hadn’t decided to stop doing it.  Also, he didn’t consider it work.

As we were discussing this, it occurred to me that the concept of retirement came from the traditional model of working for forty plus years and then you would move over, collect social security and maybe a pension and sit back and wait the the next thing to happen.

Well, fortunately for us, we don’t have to think like that.  First of all, so many people have already transitioned from the corporate model, either willingly or having it forced on them, that they are probably doing something much more creative and fun and are not thinking of stopping any time soon.

When my parents were both 65, they moved into a great retirement community.  Today, that’s probably something most of us would not consider at that age.  I don’t exactly believe that 65 is the new 45, but I do believe we have many productive years ahead and many of us are looking forward to our next project.

So what is that for you?  What are you doing that is new to you and a real change from what you may have done in the past?  We would love to hear your story.

 

A New Chapter

This week each of my two sisters and their husbands will start a new chapter in their lives.

Each couple is making a major change.  Actually any move people make to new living quarters is a big deal, but these moves are huge.

Being our age, (if you are over 60), I believe you will relate.  One sister and her husband have been retired from their jobs for a few years.  They have chosen to move to a wonderful ‘retirement community’.  They’ve had their name on the list for a few years and previously chose to move down that list.  A few months ago, however, they decided to take the plunge.  Major change, wouldn’t you say?

I think this will actually be a smooth transition for them, since they will be very close to the home they have just sold and are still around their kids and grandkids.  And this is something they have been looking forward to.  It’s truly a spectacular place.

My other sister and her husband have just built a home in a golfing/boating community in South Carolina maybe about an hour from the home they have just sold.  They too, have been anticipating this for a while and have had a great experience building their dream home.  I know they will enjoy their new chapter of life.  They are looking forward to many rounds of golf and who knows what other adventures lie ahead.  This sister just stopped working at the end of May, after working for many years.  She has stated she is looking forward to not having to wake up to an alarm.  Wow, that in itself is a big change.

We wish them well and we are very excited for them.  I find it an interesting feeling for me.  Even though we are geographically not in the same area as either one, I feel an odd sense of change for myself.  Perhaps it is because this is a true signal that things are changing for all of us.

When we’re younger, making a move to a different home was for a different reason.  Hmmm.  These events have caused me to reflect on lots of things.  It probably is intensified by the fact that recently we attended a memorial service for a friend of my husband’s who died suddenly and whom he’d known since their freshman year in college.  Yes he had been ill over the years but this was sudden and unexpected.  He was still in his 60s.

Lots to process about the passages of our lives, and how we deal with a new chapter.

Comments?

 

 

 

Do You Like To Hike?

Last year I posted this and thought it was worth reposting.  We’ve had such great weather this spring and everyone is starting to move outdoors more and more.  Let me know what you think of these concepts.

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Take a hike… aka- walk!

Mondays I like to write about life after sixty years of age.  To have a good quality of life, wouldn’t you agree that we need to be in good health.  What about walking as a form of exercise.

Recently I came across this article that details the many benefits to starting a walking program.  Probably worth your time to read it as it gives some compelling reasons to incorporate some kind of a walking program into your daily routine.

A while back I mentioned a book I’ve read, Younger Next Year for Women by Lodge and Crowley.  Dr. Lodge explains why some type of strenuous exercise for 45 minutes a day at least six days a week, is non-negotiable for fortify your body from ‘decay’ (their term).

Walking is on their list of easy choices.  Inside on a treadmill or outside, weather permitting.  It’s easy to do.  Problem is, it’s also easy not to do.

Time can be a consideration in all of this, but perhaps the question to be asked is this:  “Isn’t it important to carve out the time now, so we will be in the condition we would like as we age?”

Give it lots of thought and perhaps it’s a matter of starting with less than 45 minutes.  But, ultimately it’s the 45 minutes six days a week that will give you the best r.o.i. of your time.

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So what are your thoughts about this?  Are you ready to start a walking program?  We’d love to hear from you.

Diane Keaton…Age-Defying Advice

Diane Keaton…  Can we believe she just turned 66 years old?

Recently I was reading the article about Diane Keaton in AARP Magazine, April/May 2012.  It’s sub-heading is ‘From facing your past to finding your passion, the Oscar-winning legend offers age-defying advice for a bold, adventurous life’.  Really, this is the essence of Sixty Something Now!

Diane Keaton has been someone that I’ve come to admire as the years have gone on.  She seems to be authentic.

Here is an excerpt from the article that confirms that she is to be admired for her views on life as we age.

“I never understood the idea that you’re supposed to mellow as you get older,” Keaton says, her blue eyes glinting behind tortoiseshell frames. “Slowing down isn’t something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad, all of it. To continue to express myself, particularly. To feel the world. To explore. To be with people. To take things far. To risk. To love. I just want to know more and see more.”

Here is the link that will give you the entire article if you’d like to read it.

What are your views on this?  We’d love to hear from you.

 

Good To Know This…

Thanks to my friend, and Facebook Friend, Nancy Robinson, I’m posting this here.

Nancy had posted it to her Facebook wall indicating to spread this information to others.  Great idea. So here it is.  Originally posted on Students Mantra Facebook Page

You can Save someone’s life by sharing this.

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters… S.T..R …
My friend sent this to me …and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this…

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions :

S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..
T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg ‘It is sunny out today’).
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE : Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A prominent cardiologist says if everyone who gets this status shares it; you can bet that at least one life will be saved…….

Loving Life

This was written and posted by me a while back, and thought it was worth a re-post…

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This blog and the Sixty Something Now site is about loving life.  Loving life now, over the age of sixty.

By the way, there’s a number of sites out there that appeal mostly to women over sixty, with pretty much the same message.  One of my favorites is Savoring Your Sixties.

Some friends have mentioned to me that much of what I write applies to a much broader audience.  On certain days of the week, I write about personal development, social media and the Internet, having fun on weekends, and success (mostly after sixty).  Monday is the day I reserve for enjoying life after 60 and sixty something now and beyond.

In my opinion, it is wonderful to be sixty something now.  I am, as I’m sure most of you are also, loving life as much now as ever.  We are free to act however we want to and love all the things our life has to offer.  We can continue to enjoy what it is that we always enjoyed doing because our vitality can allow us to do those things.

It’s so different now than it was for our parents’ generation.  There was an expectation then that over a certain age, pretty much around 40 or so, you had to change how you looked and acted.  I’ve mentioned here before, that my friend and I decided in our early 40’s that we didn’t have to buy into that.  Now twenty some years later, I’ve found that this way of thinking has served me well.

So, how are you loving life?  What are you doing that is so much fun and may be really different than anything your parents would have done at this age?

Some of us were fortunate enough to have had role models from the previous generation who showed how they loved life at every age and didn’t buy into feeling a need to grow old.

This website and blog were created to show how we can continue to love life and be young a long time.

Life-Saving Information

This video on Continuous Chest Compression CPR, has been posted here before, but I came across it again recently, and felt it was worth a re-post.  This is significantly important life-saving information.

Watch this six minute video/report and I’m sure you will be glad you did.

I’m really intrigued with the simplicity of this procedure, since I never took CPR training and this doesn’t require certification.

Pass this along to everyone you know as well.  Sixty something or not, lots of people will find this helpful.  Thanks.