Pioneers in a New Era of Aging

I was walking the dog when I ran into Jan this morning as she was finishing her usual, hour-long walk. Jan is probably in her early to mid-eighties. Like many of my other neighbors, she walks each morning to stay healthy. As I headed out the door after breakfast for a hike, I thought about Jan and all the people I know who are redefining aging on their own terms. Instead of listening to what the media tells us about who we should be or who we are at fifty, sixty, seventy, or beyond, we have the power to show…

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Prepared to Live Into Your 90’s and Beyond?

You may have read that Olivia de Havilland just passed on at the age of 104. While living over 100 is still unusual, the number of people who live to 100 or more in the United States has increased from 53,000 in 2010 to a projected 92,000 in 2020. And the aging population trend is not going to slow down anytime soon. By 2060, the number of people in the U.S. who live to at least 100 is expected to be about 600,000. The Social Security Administration projects that if we make it to 65, then we have a little…

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The Force of Resilience During Uncertain Times

By the time most of us reach our fifties, sixties, and beyond, we’ve learned a lot about dealing with uncertainty—the uncertainty that comes with facing challenges, struggles, and losses. For example, up to 50% of us have experienced divorces. We’ve had to deal with the uncertainty of ending much that was familiar and then starting a new life. Those of us who have experienced a divorce understand that involves loss and a significant transition, regardless of the reason behind it. Nonetheless, we move forward, often stronger and wiser. In 2019 there were an estimated 1,762,450 cancer diagnoses and 606,880 related…

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Preparing for the New Longevity Age

Just this week, retired Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, died at the age of 99. (You might recall Stevens didn’t retire until he was 90.) Today, living into our nineties is becoming more common. The Social Security Administration now projects that current 65-year-olds have a one in three chance of living past 90 and a one in seven chance of living past 95. We've entered a new age of longevity, and we need to be prepared. Preparation is Essential President and founder of Elevate Wealth Advisors, Ben James, CFA, CFP, ChFC, says “people often underestimate their life expectancy and…

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Age-defying Messages Come with a Hefty Price. Let’s Be the Generation that Embraces Aging

In a culture that glorifies youth and shuns age, it’s no wonder cosmetic products and procedures that promise to defy aging are globally projected to separate us from $271 Billion U.S. dollars by 2024. Not surprisingly, most of the products that promise to restore our youth are nothing more than that—expensive promises. Even more radical ‘age-defying’ approaches such as plastic surgery have limitations and expiration dates. We really cannot afford to accept the age-defying messages. We need to be the generation that embraces positive aging. Positive aging doesn’t mean we reject looking our best; it just means we recognize the…

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Positive Aging Doesn’t Happen in a Vacuum

When I finally acknowledged to myself that I was entering a new period of my life—a period of elderhood—I started preparing myself for this important transition. I anticipated finally being free to be the person I really was—a person without the constraints of my former workplace identity. I was looking forward to aging positively. What I hadn’t realized was that positive aging doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I read I studied, I contemplated, and then I read some more. After a while, I realized that most of what other writers and thinkers shared about positive aging I had finally learned.…

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