Ageing is an opportunity, not a problem to be solved

Did you know that 25% of 60 years olds are in excellent health and 50% are in good health? 75% of this demographic are able to live an active life. Two-thirds of those over 65 need no assistance with daily living. Additionally over half of people 85 years and older are able to live independently.  The latest research, according to a global study released by Susan Golden, shows the vast majority will arrive at older age in good health and at the happiest stage of their life.

These longevity changes have resulted in the older adults’ needs and wants changing. It is important for us all to reflect on what we believe ageing means as it is no longer about earning and then retiring. Depending on what you want to do with your many years beyond 60, you can learn new skills, start a new business, re-prioritise your life and much more. It is not about how old you are but rather about your functionality and health, how that can be maintained or improved, so you can do the things that bring you joy and so you feel empowered to live as you want.

Often, the assumption is made that the older adult should know how to plan for and transition into this new stage of life but we aren’t equipped in our younger years on what to expect or how to adapt to it. NGOs in the seniors’ sector play a key role in educating, advocating and guiding both older adults and those who love them. In years past, this has focused on physical health but it is now expanding. The last two years have put a spotlight on a major health concern for older adults, mental health. Loneliness affects so many and older adults are looking for more connection. Communities which focus on older adults can have such a positive impact on their outlook. Being meaningfully engaged and having a purpose is critical to an individual’s health.

As you journey through the stages of maturing, get in touch with an expert in this field just as you have for other stages of life. Engage with a guide who will help you maximize your opportunities for the many years ahead.

Trevor Clowes