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REDEFINE YOUR AGE We are redefining every age of our lives. All of us are. Twenty-year-olds today are not where I was at twenty. They are in a very different world. So how can we say that we’re not different from previous generations? Are we a different kind of sixty – or seventy – or eighty-year-old? Yes. We are! So I’m just hoping for myself and for the women and men around me that we continue learning and growing and reimagining our lives. As long as I’m learning and evolving every day of my life, I will never feel useless or worn out. Never. And I feel in my head and in my heart ageless! When we use the term anti-aging, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle. No, it is a condition we need to embrace! Aging is inevitable for everyone. Age boldly! REINVENT YOURSELF Many people are redefining aging by trying new careers, classes, and hobbies. ~ A former prisoner of war in Japan realized a lifelong ambition when he took up ballet at the age of 79. ~ The world’s oldest professional fashion model is 89-years-old. ~ Sitting at a desk alongside two of his grandchildren, a Kenyan man first attended school in 2004 at the age of 84. Negative stereotypes are rampant in our society. We’ve come out of the punk generation and the hippie generation – which was all about societal changes and individualism. And now this aging generation is struggling with a sort of invisibility that society has thrust upon us simply because we are older. Perceptions are changing. The more we read about and meet older people making contributions and living joyfully, the more acceptable it will be for older people to remain a part of society. Baby boomers have not seen previous older generations grasp at opportunities, so they have few good role models,. We need to start developing some positive role models! So-called ‘olderpreneurs’ is one place to talk about changing society’s perception of older people. After all, age discrimination does not exist if you are your own boss! The data below is from the Business Insider. · The highest rate of entrepreneurial activity in the United States in the past 10 years has been among those 55 to 64 years old. · More than 1 in 3 new businesses were started by an entrepreneur over age 50. · Benjamin Franklin was 76 when he invented the bifocal. WHAT DOES YOUR ENCORE LOOK LIKE? AGE YOUR WAY. - - - - - - - - - Jean Garboden is the Director of Education and Innovation at Compass Senior Living. Jean is a Certified Eden Alternative Educator, and a passionate person-centered, elder-directed advocate. To learn more, contact her at Timber Pointe Senior Living 541.284.2865 | Woodside Senior Living 541.747.1887 | | 5