September is Healthy Aging Month
Healthy Aging Month takes place each September and is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective of Healthy Aging Month is to provide inspiration, encouragement and practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.
Now in its second decade, Healthy Aging Month was first introduced when the baby boomers were about to turn 50. September was chosen for the observance because no matter how old we are, that “back-to-school” mentality has been ingrained in us since we were young, so September seemed like the perfect time for older adults to take stock of where they have been and what they would still like to accomplish. One of the premises of Healthy Aging Month is that it is never too late to find a new career, sport, passion or hobby.
The founder of Healthy Aging Month, Carolyn Worthington, saw a need to draw attention to the myths and stereotypes of aging and let people know it was not too late to take control of their health or to try something new. It is her belief that careful attention to the combination of physical, social, mental and financial fitness was powerful in the pursuit of a positive lifestyle.
Through her magazine, Healthy Aging Magazine, Worthington does not focus on the typical topics of growing older, such as retirement planning or health concerns. Instead, she focuses on vibrant, active, 50-plus individuals who are taking charge of their lives, following their passion and who are happily looking forward to what is next in life.
Among the suggestions for starting a reinvention of yourself in September, you could try going back to school or taking online classes to refocus your career, enhance your skill set and increase earning potential. Additional tips include:
- Take a volunteer vacation to give back, fulfill a dream and experiment with living in a different place.
- Take up dancing to increase physical activity levels and to try something new.
- Travel as much as possible, and consider going with friends or family to help share the cost burden.
- Follow your passion, such as a hobby or sport you left behind in your youth.
For older adults, the thought of reinvention may seem scary or daunting, but once you give it a try, you may discover it is also a lot of fun!