…. says a proverb from Nigeria

What is "age" for you, dear reader?

The Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment is officially named as the oldest person in the world. She lived from February 21, 1875 to August 4, 1997, making her age over 122 years. A man who is said to be 145 years old lives on the island of Java. Older men are reported from Nigeria and Ethiopia. However, this information is not secured.

But let's get away from the idea of competition. It's not about who wins this "age contest" at all. I am concerned with the idea of active aging. Because the life expectancy of women and men is constantly increasing. It has doubled in Switzerland since 1875: women live an average of 85 years and men an average of 83 years. Good hygiene, a good health system, a balanced diet and age-appropriate fitness are certainly factors that contribute to us getting older than we used to. And of course you can't pull everything together. People with heavy physical jobs probably feel "used up" faster - although people who have to sit a lot in their job should certainly look extremely for balance.

Sometimes I have the feeling that our world is actually not set up for old people. Our older fellow citizens are a kind of "lucky bag" that needs to be opened and looked at. The knowledge, the experience, life will tumble out and amaze the younger generations.

Sometimes I ask myself whether it is actually worth striving for to grow very old. But when I read or see posts about it, I have to smile. Yes, I think it's worth it if a woman remains curious, cultivates mindfulness, strains her head, and from time to time turns fitness into sore muscles. And especially when you are just beginning to age….

... but when does this beginning actually begin?

Good: if you don’t let yourself be pushed aside professionally at the beginning of aging – i.e. around the age of 60 – you are committed to society and simply remain active in a nutshell. Just like you and me, dear Seniors@Work fan community! Stay tuned! And show that you are still needed in the working world! Let companies know what you have mastered and how much experience you have! And to balance it out, you can do a little yoga with Aileen Ash.

Video of Aileen Ash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQzzS6M4HOI

Stay healthy!

Beatrice Isler

One Comment

  1. vhilti@bluewin.ch

    “Aging is incurable…” – Diseases are curable. Aging is not a disease, but a natural, multi-faceted process and does not begin at 60 or at the risk age. Shaping one's own life, taking care of oneself, being active, getting involved, taking one's place in society, finding one's way, etc. are demanding tasks in different phases of life. My admiration also goes to the elderly, as well as to the “ordinary people” who actively and dignifiedly strive to do so – as long as it is possible. i.a. In my opinion, seniorswork makes valuable contributions to this.

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