Growing old with gusto
Actress and writer Bonnie Hunt once said, “Just ’cause there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s not a fire inside.” This statement embodies the spirit of Wellderly Week – a special celebration for young-at-heart adults who are 50+ but still committed to joyful and active living. Observed from March 21 – 27, Wellderly Week is your chance to celebrate the vibrant life you live. And if perhaps you’ve been needing a little nudge to get out there and be fabulous, it’s also the perfect week to start embracing all the opportunities you still have to live a full and exciting life.
Often community and senior centers hold special Wellderly Week activities including art workshops, low-impact exercise classes, and social meet-ups at this time of year, so do a little digging to see what’s happening in your area. If you don’t find anything, this can be a great opportunity to organize something fun yourself. Have a brainstorming session with like-minded friends and see what you can come up with.
Here’s some inspiration to get you going:
- Start a weekly walking club. Getting active with friends is a great way to help you stay motivated and committed to increasing your physical activity. Stroll your neighborhood or join an existing mall walking group. Have your club’s inaugural walk during Wellderly Week.
- Organize an arts and craft show and sale. People who are retired often start pursuing hobbies they didn’t have time for when they were working and raising children. If your group of friends includes some crafty types, consider hosting an art show and sale in a community space. This is a chance for people to showcase their work – be it painting, sculpture, woodworking or fiber arts – and maybe even make a little extra money too. For some tips on organizing an event like this visit Meylah Blog.
- Go on a date. Couples that have been married for a long time sometimes forget how much fun it can be to get dressed up and have a night on the town. Wellderly Week is the time to act like the teenagers you once were, so just get out there and do it! If you’re single, it’s also a great week to take the plunge and invite a special someone out for coffee, or even explore online dating for seniors. Organizations like eHarmony have special sites just for older people looking for a match.
- Get social. Gather your 50+ friends and have a bash celebrating all that you are, all that you’ve achieved, and all the good things still to come. You can also make it a potluck so everyone shares the cooking duties.
- Be daring. If your health permits, try something you’ve always wanted to do but could never quite muster up the courage to try. Maybe it’s skydiving, taking a salsa dance class, or training to run a 5K race. Check with your doctor first, and then decide what daring challenge you’re going to try to meet.
Of course Wellderly Week can also be all about rewarding yourself for a life well lived. Take time to pamper yourself by relaxing, reading a good book, sleeping in, getting a massage, or making your favorite dessert and eating it for dinner instead! You’ve earned the right to celebrate all of your achievements, and to look forward to all the ones you know are still to come.
For tips on how to grow old without acting your age, check out this Membership Matters article on choosing to live a riotously adventurous and fulfilling life as you age.
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