Age is being redefined in our society. As we live longer, there’s the realisation that adults over the age of 55 are not past it! In fact, current statistics suggest they have another three decades of living, and longevity is increasing year by year. That’s why the 55 plus generation is becoming bolder, not older.
How old are you?
How many times have you heard, or said to yourself, I don’t feel 60? It's not something to feel bad about it. After all, no one really knows what an age feels like. Why should it be bad, difficult or limiting to grow old? The baby boomer generation are challenging these negative notions and redefining what it means to age. 'How old are you?' has always been a cheeky question, and the 55 plus generation are now proving age doesn't matter.
Don’t deny your age
It’s easier said than done, but be proud of your age. Don’t do the customary shaving off of a few years, and don’t reply with, “How old do you think I am?” Be proud of who you are and celebrate your age and experience. You should never see it as a barrier to work or lifestyle. Instead, be bold and embrace the ageing you. It can be rewarding, fun and empowering. When we proudly accept who we are, society will make that positive change too.
What’s not to like?
Think of the advantages of growing older. After years of working, many over 55s have financial security, they’ve secured decent pensions, and their homes offer equity release. Finally, they have an incredible amount of freedom. Lots of options become available to them. One great choice is to consider buying a park home. Not only will this release funds tied up in your property, it gives you the chance to downsize to a more manageable home. Now your family have moved on, isn’t it time that you did the same? In addition, you’ll be living with a community of like-minded people where age is not considered a barrier.
Do not go gently...
Nearly 70 years ago, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas advised us to live our old age to its fullest. He wasn’t wrong. No one is saying that there aren’t challenges to face and overcome. Being 55, 65 or 75 presents some challenging moments, but so does life at five, 16 or 30. Life is constantly offering us new opportunities and rewards. At no age should we ever give up. That's why planning for this stage in life is crucial. Think about what you still want to achieve and how you will set about accomplishing it. Moving to a park home will give you that sense of freedom to start new adventures. You’ll certainly not be going gently into your older years!
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