Active Aging Is Not a Secret
Active Aging Week is the first week of October. It happens to coincide with the International Day of Older Persons. However, in most news outlets these two dates appear to go unrecognized. As a specialist in the field of aging this doesn’t surprise me. Though it does disappoint me. Especially when more people are becoming aware of the change in demographics.
“By 2035, there will be 78.0 million people age 65 and older compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18.” – Census.gov
Active Aging We’re All Doing It
Over a decade ago, when I launched my career I felt like I was one of the few who knew a secret. America was getting older. In fact, I felt personally charged with educating my friends, businesses, and organizations on this important fact. The passion is still there and I’ve learned it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. If you are reading this take heart you are ahead of the pack. You are the model of active aging. If you are age 20 or over 80 you are practicing active aging. What do we know about practice, you get better. Here are three tips for Active Aging Week.
Three Tips for Active Aging Week
- Get Out – Get out in your community and explore ways to find ways to stay physically active. The benefit? Better heart and brain health, as well as developing social connections. Tip: Take a group class, attend regularly, and socialize.
- Stay Informed – Subscribe to the local newspaper and enroll in newsletters of organizations. Stay informed about changes in your community. The benefit? Finding out useful information that might impact your plan for aging in place. Tip: Create a separate email address for your news subscription. It will keep your personal organized.
- Talk About It – Unleash your creativity and talk about your aging experience. We don’t age in isolation. Your friends, local businesses, and organizations are all aging. The benefit? Preserving valuable information and resources. Tip: Offer to capture and curate the history of something you care about.
About the Author
Judi Bonilla is the author of Freewheeling after Sixty and Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist selected to speak at South by Southwest. In addition, she presented at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. Learn more.