I spotted an article last week by OC Register columnist (and frequent writer on aging well) Jane Glenn Haas entitled Tips for keeping your mind, body engaged.  Haas points out that the median age of Americans is climbing, and baby boomers are turning 65 every 7 seconds.  People who are participating in the care of elderly parents lose such a substantial amount of productivity, it costs American businesses $29 billion per year.

But, there is hope.  Many people living past 90 are in fact role models for the rest of us! (Like Pete Seeger in picture)

Jane mentions in her article having recently seen a documentary about people living very productive, active and happy lives.  The movie, produced by KOCE/PBS and AARP is entitled “Over 90 and Loving It”, produced by Susan Polis Schultz.  Haas points out that:

“The Promoters of this PBS special say there is a prescription for healthy aging reflected in these lives. They cite 10 points these elders share:

  • Maintain a positive attitude and focus on the positive. Don’t worry about anything.
  • Embrace maturity. Don’t think about how old you are. In fact, forget about it.
  • Keep doing things. Work hard following your passions.
  • Stay curious about the future but stay engaged in the present.
  • Make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Don’t focus on yourself.
  • Keep physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Choose to be around people who are positive.
  • Avoid people who are negative.
  • Don’t be afraid of death. Think of it as it is – something very natural and inevitable.”

As I read these tips on good living, I thought, why doesn’t this apply to everyone!?  So my new approach is to live like I would want to live if I were over 90, and hope that these tips help me get there.


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Comment by pam claughton on June 8, 2011 at 4:22pm

This is so true! My grandfather passed away in Dec at age 94 and up until a month before he went, he was out driving one of his four vehicles (2 were convertibles) went out to eat daily, had a great social life and was an active volunteer in the community. He was always smiling had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor...he never wanted to be thought of as an 'old person', he was never someone to just sit inside and mope, there was too much to do and people to see. He was an inspiration.


Comment by Mark Bregman on June 8, 2011 at 6:38pm
Pam:  That is great!  I hadn't thought about my own family, but my dad worked until he was 86, and was vibrant and active up until his last month, passing away at 87.  Thanks for your comment.


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