At 60, you’re at best part of your life 14



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Looking at many of the 60 year olds around me, the years that come after 60 look to be the best you have ahead, and possibly if you are making the most of your life, the best of your life so far.

In my family and close circles, people are certainly making the best bits of their life happen right now. My inlaws are travelling the world with their lifelong best friends, and my parents are spending more time with the grandkids than ever and reaping the joy that only a relaxed and natural grandparent-grandchild relationship brings. In our team here at Starts at 60, 60+ Karen has joined us and is passionately embracing an encore career in the Internet, pursuing her passion of reading and learning so much, so fast. And my Aunt who last week celebrated 67 years has just bought a new dog, looking for all the companionship and fun it will bring to her coming years ahead. Is it any wonder I am inspired by watching my sixty-somethings thrive. Their lives look pretty good from where I sit. But how many people stop and consider just how special this time in your life is. How these years before your health is likely going to decline a bit are the parts we should be looking forward to and embracing for all their carefree and special moments.

Chances are, if you’re 60, or older, you are not the age you feel. In fact, in various studies throughout the world in recent years, people between the ages of 55 and 74 have said they feel 12 years younger than they are. It is a very real disconnect and one which is powering the changing economy.

One of the most important factors in feeling young is feeling healthy, and in control of your health. Being able to exercise regularly is not to be underrated, knowing your muscles and bones are working together to support you well and that you have the strength to do the things you want to do with your life, whether that be skiing the Alps or hiking the local foothills with your grandkids.

The second is spending time with younger people. Evidence shows that people who act younger than their age are less likely to die than same-age people who feel their age. So surrounding yourself with people younger than you makes sense… good sense.

And the third is getting out there and choosing your best life, actively. There is no surprise to most of us that life won’t come to you. In fact by the bright age of 60, most of us are fairly clear on the fact that you have to chase the things in life that you want. But how many of us stop and choose the best life that is ahead of us more than a few moments before we need to make the decision? How many of us make our lives great over 60.

What makes your life great? Is it having the time to enjoy the company of your family and friends? Is it having the time to travel the world without obligation? Is it having time to spend with your grandkids? Share your great life stories today.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Seeing my husband of over 33 years let go of the stress he was under with his job and finally enjoy retirement together

  2. Interacting with kids n their kids….love the younger ones but know when to ‘zip it’…..they all use Dr Google n modern books these days….freedom to leave when it becomes too much….decision making that only affects two people….have even overcome the feeling of selfishness!! Def. enjoying this age bracket…

  3. Having time to spend with family and holidays and sometimes nit feeling guilty just doing nothing.

  4. The availability of updated medical information from Australia’s own websites, dealing with cancers,asthma,heart conditions,arthritis,complementary & alternate medicines, to name a few; and, comprised of professional experts when your own GP hasn’t got the time to disseminate information. Plus, I don’t mean “Dr. Google and counterparts” aplenty!

  5. Work I enjoy at 62 and looking forward to starting bachelor or social science in counselling. When I was younger wldnt have considered it but more confident and life experiences

  6. I am loving life. Will be 65 next mth and are travelling Oz for ? Studying Forensics. Very happy. Miss my puppy though. Happiest time of my life.

  7. Worked to 70 loved my job,now retired 6 years,worked to fund my travelling life style,been travelling the world for 30+ years still travelling,fit & healthy,have a large family now,we are all travellers…

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