Before beginning, let me congratulate all my boomers, silent generation buddies, and any elderly reading. You, my friend, are living in the golden age of aging. According to the research of Linkoping University in “Sweden, as you grow older, your lifestyle choices become more critical to your physical, psychological, and cognitive health. They revealed that by 2050 there would be close to 3.2 million people aged over 100. 18 times as many as at the turn of millennia. Therefore, its time to stop acting your age. I would recommend, and start adding golden lining to your older age. Here is how you can do it; A quick way of doing it is by putting a “g” in front of old. However, I am afraid that will not give you anything other than few social media likes. The good news is that today, the majority of those who have journeyed beyond half of a century, are relishing the time of their lives. It is because they have the peace of mind of having paid-up their mortgage, got the kids off their hands, and are simply enjoying being able to spend more time with their loved-ones. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT As per medical research, under-eating slightly in the shape of limited calorie intake is beneficial in the older age as we are engineered to withstand periods of shortage of food. Therefore, presuming that you are reasonably fit and your diet includes the necessary minerals, vitamins and proteins then your intake should not exceed about 1,800 calories as a man, and 1,500 as a woman. Nonetheless, a more practical approach is adopting a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, grains, nuts, olive oil, fish, and a moderate intake of wine, and a small consumption of red meat. SEE RETIREMENT POSITIVELY Many boomers today are neglecting the effects of stopping work: the inadequacy of income, communication and a sense of purpose. Therefore, use retirement as an opportunity to do something new such as traveling, going to A university, doing charity work, or something you have never done before. It;s because, the majority of us can expect to live to at least 80, and so there still are 15 years to fill with something novel. KEEP YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE NEW ONES According to psychological research, not being lonely alleviates the chances of developing depression and acute ailments. Since the onset of the 21st-Century, the number of 55 to 64-year-olds living all by themselves has increased by 50% and close to one million older people can go a complete month without seeing anyone in person. Therefore, keep in touch with friends and family, join groups or clubs, meet neighbors and build friendships. Lastly, a fantastic activity for old age is to embrace the novelty of internet beyond Facebook. For example, you can launch a YouTube channel related to your professional and life experiences just like I have here. GET FIT As per behavioral studies, people aged 65 and above spend 10 hours a day sitting or lying down, making them the most inactive age group. Alternatively, another study found that gym visits peaked at the age of 65 and senior boomers make on average 20 trips or more to the gym every year than their younger Generation Y or Z counterparts. Therefore, start by taking a casual stroll down the lane, and also say hi to Judith, whom you have been meaning to ask out for ages! If you would like to have more of Thom's tips on how to Stop Acting Your Age Please, subscribe, and let me know in the comments anything you would like me to share in an upcoming episode. Always remember to Look young, Act young and Feel young. And don’t be afraid to drink from the fountain of youth - Your mind.
BUY, BUY, buy It’s time to shop, shop and spend util you drop! What does it all mean? This is a marketers dream! As we head into the holidays we can beat these marketers at their own game. Buy being a sharp shooter… I mean shopper! Remember in my post I mentioned that in the UK the “Senior” discounts has been renamed the “Super Adult” discount. So that’s what I’m going to call us in this video. Now you may already know that we get discounts off restaurant menus almost anywhere we eat, but did you know there are a lot more? These could really help with our budget too. Here are some Super Adult Discounts: Groceries - Did you know some grocery stores offer discounts to Super Adults? Discounts vary between 5 – 10% and sometimes only on certain days of the week. A few places even have grocery delivery services available as well. Drugstores – Some drugstores offer discounts and even can be up to 20% off store purchases that don’t count prescriptions. A bonus tip - some drugstores sell some stuff, like milk, at a lower price than the local grocery store so you can save even more money. Auto Insurance – Many super adults don’t realize that you can save a lot on your car insurance. It varies by company and you may want to shop around again, but it’s worth it. For example, The Hartford’s AARP insurance program claims the average savings on their senior program is about $400. That’s a lot of money!! Especially if you’re on a tight budget. Traveling – Various carriers offer super adult discounts – such as Amtrak with a 15% discount off the lowest available fare; some airlines have a super adult discount for all their fares – you just need to request it while booking (this is usually about 10%); and public transportation has discounts usually about 50% off the regular fare and some cities like Chicago offer super adults free rides so check with your city. Banks – Many banks offer discounts on their account fees as well as offer free checks, travel checks and other services. Some even offer free services such as faxing and photocopying. Shopping – Many retail stores offer discounts even though they’re not stated anywhere. The most common discounts are about 10 – 15% off while stores like Joss & Main offer up to 70% off. Services – Various services you use offer discounts as well. One example is Midas Auto Service with a 10% discount; many phone companies have reduced plans; and many utility companies for electric, gas, heat offer deductions for us as well. Don’t forget that even if there’s no display of a Super Adult Discount, just go ahead and ask for one, you’re Super and deserve it! For more listings of discounts check out SeniorsDiscounts.com. If you would like to have more of Thom's tips on how to Stop Acting Your Age Please, subscribe, and let me know in the comments anything you would like me to share in an upcoming episode. Always remember to Look young, Act young and Feel young. And don’t be afraid to drink from the fountain of youth - Your mind.
This BLOG is a part of the SAYA series for baby boomers. Thom McFadden is your personal coach for beating AGEISM. Seniors can now Look, ACT, Feel years younger. Stop Acting Your Age, even if you are retired. Life is just beginning!
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