The image HERE is a poem I wrote for my Dad on his 70th birthday. In my ignorance back then, I sort of thought my Dad was getting “old”. I was still relatively “young” of course and I lacked perspective. The last 20 years has provided more and I have certainly learned how “aging” happens in both shared ways and unique ways.
Most people who know me, know that my Dad is the shining light of my life. A steadfast example to me and my family of what it means to be “unageable”. At nearly 90 years of age he is still mentally sharp, physically active and quite frankly leads a more active social schedule than my own. While the whole concept of “blogging” and content marketing is somewhat lost on him—he asked me if I was going to “twixt” something—that is his word for “texting” but also “tweeting”—he is still learning all the time and is connected to his family, friends and community through both personal and technological ways.
What he has had to do to maintain his “unageable” status is fundamentally simple though not always easy. As he is really the backbone of this whole project and a vivid example of living a life that isn’t defined by his chronological age it seemed fitting that on Father’s Day, we would step forward into the public light.
The blog, the website, the Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter are all live today. We couldn’t be more excited to share grand to GREAT with the world. We are thrilled with where we are going and the people we will help with our plans.
It’s not easy getting older and this blog will acknowledge some of the obstacles but we’re also going to focus on how what we can do to live our best lives from 55 to 105! And if you like what you are reading, I hope you will comment, share and come along for the ride.
Did you know?
It is predicted that by the year 2030, 70 million US citizens will be over the age of 65. And 8.5 million people will be over the age of 85. The “oldest old” Americans (those over the age of 85) are the fasting growing age group in the country. According to the CDC, if you live to the age of 65 you can expect to live on average another 19.3 years!
To put that in perspective—when my parents were born (1928 and 1931) the average life expectancy in the United States for men was 59.7. That’s right, not even 60 years of age.
What this means is that historically we haven’t seen a lot of examples of “unageable” living. Those who make it past 85, 90 and beyond are the outliers. We want to know their secrets because they seem and statistically are extraordinary. But the truth of it is, that as baby boomers and Gen “X” age, there will be huge numbers of people who survive to 85 and beyond.
This blog wants to inspire people to take daily actions to improve their lives from 55 and beyond. In truth, starting before 55 is not a bad idea either. But regardless of your age, your income, your relative health—you will be successful with the grand to GREAT philosophy and strategy in place.
Happy Father's Day!