So here I am, at the age of 62, enjoying my life and my career but also wishing to transition to a slower pace of life. I've been living a very active life a long time, but my mind and body are craving a change.
Because I've had responsibilities, I haven't had enough time - especially since the pandemic - to play and to take care of myself like I need. My day job is on the front lines of healthcare and, I'm sure you've heard: there's a lot of burnout.
What drew me to start this community? I want to shift and do something special that speaks to me as a 55+ person. While we are living longer, I note that high quality healthcare specialized for healthy seniors remains very lacking. Look around - if you wanted a specialist in say, medical care for 'maximizing your golden years' where do you go to find it? Google a bit and you will see the marketplace only gives attention to those fancy, high priced continuing care communities and assisted living facilities. In fact, you probably can't even imagine what 'healthy, happy aging' care would look like and why it would be so valuable to you.
As you know, our medical system remains focused primarily on waiting till people get sick, not on prevention and 'quality of life'.
When it comes to happiness, loneliness is endemic in the 55+ community and moving to one of those amazing senior golf/resort communities is not a magic pill. Yes, for 10 years - from 2004 to 2014 - I did live in Florida in one of those communities. And those folks - who were older than me at the time - found most of their life challenges, even in retirement, still followed them there.
Our country is wonderful in so many respects, but financially, it's imbalanced right now and you need to arm yourself for that. Take financial advising. If you're like me you're neither rich nor poor. You are concerned about how you will afford your golden years. You are worried what is to become of the rapidly climbing costs of healthcare and housing. Maybe you believe you've gotten the advice you need (or not). Either way it pays to keep your mind open to options you may not have heard of. Apparently, if you aren't strategic there are risks, even for those with adequate or extraordinary wealth (look up what happened, for example, to Casey Kasem).
The bottom line is that there is a lot we can do - TOGETHER, WHICH IS ALWAYS MORE FUN AND WISE - to live healthier, happier golden years and I am psyched to create a 'healthy, happy' community with you...
...To counter the inertia of (only) trying to do your best on your own.
...To find and/or advocate for more housing options for the 'lost middle' of us.
...To take better care of our health.
...To help those of us who tire of online dating and wish to meet other singles in an IN PERSON, real, comfortable setting.
...To help those of us who tend to be in the business of 'caring for others' to put the focus on ourselves for once.
And whatever else we decide it is important and enjoyable to do together.
Let's buddy up. Share our hard fought wisdom. Learn from our wise neighbors. In our diversity will be our strength!
STAY TUNED...I envision in person events here in Baltimore for older adults who are seeking quality connections, friendships, education, fun and support that adds to their golden years.
Copyright © 2001-2023 Barb Elgin. All Rights Reserved. Please note: I do not provide medical or psychological treatment or advice. My purpose is sharing my own journey building a sustainable, healthy, happy life as a human over 60 and inviting you to join an educational, socially supportive community doing the same. If you are experiencing a physical concern, call your primary care provider. If you are having a mental health concern, call your therapist and/or psychiatrist. If you are having a medical emergency call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If your emergency is psychological, please call 988 or 911 or go to your nearest ER.