We’re living longer lives, but in order to live both longer and healthier lives we need to be making good decisions. Even if it’s true that as we age we’re faced with certain obstacles, what’s even more real is that if we “take it easy” we’re going to die. We have to believe in our capabilities, and not expect that we are overly limited by age.
At no time did we get the feeling that they were justifying a culture of discrimination. They acknowledge that it does happen, but that it is not so much an age issue for the most part, but a culture issue. There will be circumstances where there is nothing the candidate can do about the bias, but in many cases, there is a solution.
Last week I had a birthday, 60. Never in my youngster 20s did I ever imagine myself at this age being the way I am today. This age is different now than at any time in human history: more capable, more mobile, more engaged. But it is not 40.
Want to rile me up? Tell me I can't do something because of my age. That's known as poking the bear. Bad idea. The exercise experts at Reader's Digest have decided that people over 50 should be as sedentary as possible, with maybe a bit of mall walking thrown in. These are fighting words to me. Seriously, f&ck those people. What are they thinking?
A bit of stress is a good thing. I’m talking about a challenge outside one’s comfort zone. So often the velocity of time pushes us towards torpor and its detrimental effects on our health, social lives and cultural awareness. Fight the power, so they say. To be bored is to be boring, and who wants that?
Women Lead, Men Follow. When it comes to later life, it is the women out front doing the exploring, taking the risks and leading the charge.
Something very interesting is happening out there in the 50+ work world. Women are taking the lead in starting new businesses, leading organizations and just all around grabbing the baton and saying “This is my time.” AGEIST publishes gender-balanced content, yet 65% of our readers are women. We find 5 amazing women to profile for every man. Our social channels are dominated by women. This is not just a coastal elite, or even USA phenomenon. We are global, and the trends we see are the same across the globe.
There is something strikingly audacious about radical self-acceptance. It’s a sort of impermeable super power to be holding that idea in one’s mind. This is not some grim acceptance of what may not actually be one’s ideal self, but rather a celebration that one is utterly pleased with who one is. Not narcissism, which is actually quite fragile, but a robust feeling of being the best one can be.
Pivoting careers mid-life requires courage for a number of reasons, one of which is it often means learning new skills as a mature student alongside much younger people. Will they like me? Can I keep up? Will I feel silly?
“Cool is ageless” is one of my most quoted sayings. But guess what, fear is ageless too. Fear is that voice in our heads that says we can’t do this, we must not do this, we will never succeed…but what is it really saying?
Lifelong meditator Jill Satterfield talks to AGEIST about her practice, silent retreats, and the power of knowing your "internal landscape." “As an adult I specifically sought out meditation initially to help me understand my own mind because I had been living in chronic pain for many years. By my early 30’s I had hit a wall with the conventional medical tradition and several surgeries – and was told that the pain I was experiencing was “only” in my mind. I figured then, that my only sane choice was to get to know my own mind better so that I could work with how it was registering pain.”
Born into poverty, Naveen Jain’s unbridled imagination and drive to help as many people as possible has taken him to extraordinary heights in business, exploring areas as diverse as the human gut and the moon. With his infectious enthusiasm he tells AGEIST what drives him, and how we can all find our "moonshot."
Those in this new group (which includes me, a 59-year-old) are not pulling back as perhaps their parents did at this age. Instead they are pushing forward, feeling at the peak of their powers. We are witnessing the emergence of the most sophisticated consumer the world has ever seen. Because they grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, they are suspicious of brand messaging in a way that younger consumers are not. Yet they are also the most financially powerful, controlling about €12.5tn in global consumer spending. So why are companies so often so far off the mark when speaking to them?