Successful Aging Blog




Getting Older

Yes, it would seem that always getting older is a theme for most of us, yet some refuse to think about it, others obsess over it, and others just think they are ready for those golden years.  If we planned well and nothing intervened, we are looking forward to all of the benefits of retirement we wanted to achieve.  My hope is that this successful aging blog will assist us for each remaining day of our future.  I have to agree with Jeanette Leardi that if we planned well and something intervened, we should not be accused of lacking personal responsibility.  We cannot predict future happenings. However, that does not excuse us from starting over again, even if it is in some small way.


Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life. Martha Beck, from



There are so many opportunities for most of us to either start over or improve our situation.  We have some serious choices to make on how to survive for the next thirty or forty years. Those who expected to die within a few years of retirement may have to wait a long time and are wondering what their future actually holds.  Rather than taking action, they often demonstrate, sometimes unknowingly, a lack of hope, an inability to keep growing and learning, an excuse not to participate in activities outside of those limited boundaries they have set for themselves, and they are definitely shortening their lives.

Let's have some conversations!And You?

What kind of example do you want to set for those around you and for the younger generation?  How do you view being older? What are the major issues limiting your freedom to do what you want? While we always reserve the right to a second or third act, let’s face it:  We have less time to plan for it now if we are at the traditional retirement age of 65 or older.  Let’s get busy.  Trust me, because I am right there with you.  Despite all of my planning, I had too much interference, little help, and have found myself starting over several times.

So, what can we do about it?

Taking the quote posted below seriously, there are many ways to improve our lives at any age.  Almost everything we will talk about in this blog can be categorized into one of those pillars.  Let’s define what contributed to our success and/or what is standing in the way of being successful in our older age. My goal is to make this a useful site–one that will help you, point you in the right directions, and give you an opportunity to say what you think about all of the issues raised here. What are your thoughts?  Please put them in the Comments section on this page and on any page of my blog.


 From the  According to Adrianna Huffington, “success can be better defined by adding  “a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.”

6 Replies to “Successful Aging Blog”
  1. To me Success in the Senior Years is to be able to look back and feel you have succeeded, whether it be with family, employment, enjoyment and Love. Or all of the above and more.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Judi. That is an excellent definition of success and serves as a good reminder that we need to concentrate on those things that went right! It is also never too late to create more of it.

  3. Thank you for such words of wisdom. Very pertinent info here. We don’t live forever but we can take every opportunity there is to maximize our time here, by living in, enjoying and seizing every moment.
    I believe that once we have breath in our bodies, nothing is impossible at any age.

    We must live our lives to the fullest and treat our loved ones and others with the full respect, dignity and love they deserve.

    Some gathered wisdom late in life and may not have a lot put aside for a rainy day…but it’s not too late.

    All the best and thanks again.

    • Thank you so much for those wonderful remarks. We certainly agree on all of those things. I appreciate so much your taking the time to look at my site and comment on it.

  4. Hi there Tanya,

    I have reached positions of power, but the funny thing about it is that the satisfaction is fleeting. Once you have power, you can only lose it, and you live in a perpetual state of anxiety. It’s definitely not money either because you can lose that. I haven’t figured out what it is that makes a person feel “successful” in the senior years. I would guess being surrounded by loved ones should count as success.

    I have am tackling a related interest blog, although from a young person’s perpective. We, the youger cohorts, are becoming obsessed with prolonging life, but you make a good point that quality matters too.

  5. Hi Zaid, and thanks for your comments. I believe that success, when you get older, is being happy with your achievements and how they have contributed to your current state of mind and current overall condition. That kind of satisfaction leads to other types of achievement. Success is also largely related to relationships and to your state of health. Hopefully, if you lose the power you have attained, you will be more grateful that you were able to achieve it and less likely to be anxious about losing it.

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