1. Go Back to School
“I don’t dwell on my age. It might limit what I can do. As long as I have my mind and health, it’s just a number.” These were the words of 95 year old Nola Ochs who in 2007 broke the world record and became the world’s oldest college graduate. She set an example for those who are
past the stereotypical school age and proved that it’s never too late to return to school. Older students enhance the classroom atmosphere by bringing their life experiences into discussions and enlightening other classmates with first-hand experience. Going back to school helps
further one's career and aids the mind by helping to keep it sharp.
2. Get in Shape
In November 1994, at age 45, George Foreman won the Heavyweight Championship by gaining victory over 26 year old Michael Moorer. He retired at the age of 48 with a final record of 76–5, including 68 knockouts. Not everyone will be in as good a shape as a world class athlete and it is natural that with age there will be physical limitations, but age does not have to lead to a more sedentary lifestyle. If it has then it’s not too late to make a change and get into shape. Making proper food choices leads to more energy which can fuel a good exercise regimen. There are appropriate exercise routines to suit all ages so even seniors can find programs at a YMCA, park district, local gym and/or set up an at-home fitness routine. Being in shape contributes to physical and mental health, helping to slow the aging process and make life more enjoyable.
3. Fall in Love
Harrison Ford was 60 years old when he fell in love with Calista Flockhart. He told Hello! Magazine, “What surprised me most was that I was still capable of establishing a long-lasting relationship, making a serious commitment.” The need for love does not change with age and
neither does the capacity to love, therefore, it is never too late to fall in love. Some may fear that because they are getting closer to the life expectancy age they risk only having a limited amount of time to share with a mate. This should not hold a person back from loving and being loved as no one at any age is guaranteed a tomorrow and the benefits of companionship outweigh the risk of limited time. Most people do not regret truly loving another at any age, even if for only a short time.