December 15, 2016 Dr. Sheree Bill

Senior Blog

Following World War II there were more babies born than ever before. This “boom” in births happened between 1946-1964. The projection has been that when these boomers become seniors they would pose an economic threat. As retirees they would no longer be producing and therefore drain the system especially healthcare Less producers, more dependents.At the same

At the same time research is telling us that we are living longer than ever before. Does extended years of retirement mean more of a drain? Let’s look at that. The way we think about aging has typically been thought of as time to slow down.retire, “the Golden Years” and by the way are your affairs in order? This large generation of boomers more than any generation before has the opportunity to change the way we think about aging.

Mickey Mantle was quoted as saying,”If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself”. We have a chance to redefine retirement and think about what we want these bonus years to look like. This is exciting for not only current seniors but for all following generations.

Our attitude has a profound effect on our physical, mental and emotional health. This new mindset enables this age group that is currently living the bonus years right now to take advantage of this mindset. There is new research everyday informing us of ways to better manage already existing conditions and ways to be proactive and stay healthy longer. If health insurance companies are on board and offering preventative care options then we need to be in the mindset to take advantage of them. Mental health ( you knew it was coming) can be crucial at this time. There is a correlation between how we approach this time of life to patterns of thinking we have established through the years. Physical, mental and emotional health are all connected.It’s one system. As a psychologist I have seen the enormous impact the emotional has on us physically and mentally. In the beginning it can be difficult. That is why the name of this website is COURAGE TO BEGIN. We live in a time where we can have some say in living healthier offering an opportunity for: reflecting on our life and perhaps making a change, defining what we feel is important and personally meaningful, discovering unknown passions and talents, pursuing a second career? This is a good time to be this age. If we can make this shift to a new way to think about aging we will be passing on a gift to generations that follow.

I will be sharing current articles and research that I think are valuable. My goal is to sift through the latest research and find what speaks to living a healthier happier life. health.Harvard.edu is a subscription newsletter that provides informative reports and studies.The email series “Blood Pressure and your Brain” issue #7 in a series on blood pressure ends with an Italian study that says NEVER TOO LATE. Controlling blood pressure can reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction.

Speaking of NEVER TOO LATE.  The following two painting were done by my grandfather who began taking lessons when he was “SIXTY” and became a very talented artist after retirement!

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