Their priorities include:
- Volunteering and being involved in community service
- Being involved in sports and fitness activities
- Taking courses for continuing education
Keys to Living Long
3 Continuing engagement with life
Jimmy Carter, in his bookThe Virtues of Aging, wrote:
The Vitamin Cs of Successful Aging
- Vitamin C1—Connectivity
- Vitamin C2—Challenge
- Vitamin C3—Curiosity
- Vitamin C4—Creativity
- Vitamin C5—Charity
“I decided to go back to college part-time when I reached age 62 and study psychology for no other reason than that I was curious about it. I’ve always wanted to get a better understanding of human behavior and I figured this was one step toward getting it. When I started classes, I was amazed at how many people were there in my age group. I guess I’m not the only curious grandma out there. I spent my career in business management. I got my fill of that. Now I feel like I’m in the middle of an electric storm. My mind is on full alert. I’m in awe of some of the things I’m learning. I have these intriguing conversations with younger people and just doing this makes me feel like I can go anywhere and do anything.” —Georgia, student, 62.
I’m reminded of a story a financial advisor told about a client in her 70s who had more money than she could ever hope to spend but had no charitable interests. He challenged her to look around her city for places she might like to make a difference. As she began to observe and listen to her heart, a floodgate of generosity and empathy began to open up for her. Now, her life is full of causes she is passionate about—they have put a fresh spring in her step and added adrenaline to her pulse. It doesn’t require money to live charitably; it just takes concern, generosity, and self-transcendence.
By Mitch Anthony