The Psychology of Aging Happy

R-LookBette Davis once said: “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”

There are over 108 million people in the U.S. alone who are over the age of 50, according to the AARP. That’s a lot of potential “sissies”! Certainly those of us who are lucky enough to have lived awhile are no strangers to the challenges that come with the privilege. But frankly, I don’t see a lot of my contemporaries aging with cowardice. What I do see, are more and more older adults following their long awaited dreams; pursuing their bucket-list goals; dusting off those instruments or artists’ palattes from years gone by; and evolving into amazing versions of their best selves. While it is true that “ageism” is one of the nasty “isms” that still seems to still be permissible in an “anti-aging” culture, we have decided instead to remain confident our wisdom, talents and accomplishments, and let go of the things we have no control over.

I believe that aging is something to be grateful for (not everyone got the chance to still be on the planet). It is not something we could–or even should have to fight, resist, or modify at any cost–because sometimes the price of joining an “anti-aging” pipedream is really too high. And I’m not just talking about dollars and cents.

My book “Aging Happy: How to Knock Out the Nonsense and Enjoy the Best Years of Your Life“will be published by Linden Press this coming November, and I am so excited to bring it to you!  It will offer information and inspiration on making each day of your life the best it can be. The articles on this site, and in my upcoming podcast will also help to give you the confidence you need to change patterns that no longer serve you, and implement actions that will afford you more joy.

Channel 8’s own Ann Nyberg interviewed me about this topic several months ago:

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I welcome your ideas and thoughts! Just let me know what topics are important to you as we embark on this exciting journey together.

raeleenmautner@gmail.com

JOIN ME ON Friday, April 5th 12:15-1:30  at the  OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING OLLI Cafe’ Event @ UCONN in Waterbury. AGING HAPPY: HOW TO MAKE THESE THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE. To register call  203-236-9924 or 236-9925

 

5 thoughts on “The Psychology of Aging Happy

  1. What a wonderful article about getting older – as you said a blessing – but only if we see it that way – but books like yours will awaken us I am sure – may I mention that I wrote a book on the same subject Living Longer Living Well
    But you are far ahead of me – you wrote so many books already – best wishes Brigitte

      1. I like the word mission – because that’s what it is – if we don’t change peoples mind – young and old – the older generation will be seen as another species put over there
        thank you for checking out my book – Amazon of course – where else?

  2. I wish you the best of good health, joy and good luck to continue your wonderful journey in your life!
    i would love to join you in the interest of creating a community where elderly could utilize their skills and contribute to the community to support their peers and make their lives interesting and productive. I feel sad when I see so many women that have a lot to contribute but instead they stay home and feel depressed due to many reason but one is the thinking that they are burden to their families or to the community. I would dream of having a community where the elderly could contribute their skills and knowledge to others and feel productive instead of going to nursing homes were they are not giving any opportunities to be independent and contribute their wisdom and share their skills to benefit others. I feel very sad that we don’t have the respect for the elderly in our society and offer them support and love they deserve.

    1. Love your insight, Maria. Thank you for causing us all to reflect. I think we can all make a difference in busting through the stereotypes, and valuing individuals for who they are–at any age. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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