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Today 60 is Easily the new 40

Updated on March 30, 2015

Life After 60

There is life after 60
There is life after 60

There is Life After 60

60 years is the new 40. We are getting younger everyday is what I tell myself every morning. After all the age of 60 is considered to be the new 40. I remember when my mother was 40 .and of course I thought she was very old. She wore silly housedresses and had her hair up in a bun. Today the 40 year old often looks like someone in their 20s. Women wear hip jeans, sexy tops and follow current styles for younger people. Many years ago when someone turned 60, a mental picture of a gray haired woman or man came to mind. Today people over 60 are often active, look and feel great. I was reading one of my favorite author's books and he mentioned a 60 year old woman wearing an old housedress, bent over with gray hair. I no longer read his books. I have stayed away from words and phrases such as--golden years, senior citizens and elderly, as I don't like labels. However, sometimes senior discounts do come in handy.

60 Years is the New 40

Be a Loving Person
Be a Loving Person
Make Healthy Food Choices
Make Healthy Food Choices
Paint for a hobby
Paint for a hobby
Learn New Things online
Learn New Things online

Diet and Commitment as You Age

Time to re-introduce yourself to the bathroom scale. Are you gaining a pound here and a pound there? These pounds add up without you being aware of them. Well actually you might be in denial and ignoring the tight fitting clothes. You can give the clothes to charity and say the cleaner shrunk them, and just forget the scale.

Have you gotten careless with your eating habits? No problem at all. Just start making a few changes slowly, and start with fresh produce and healthy protein. It is not so easy at this time of life to make these changes, but you can do it. When you make a commitment to yourself to feel good and look good --it is a lot easier. As you get older your body needs less calories due to a slowing down of your metabolism. You can fit into those tight jeans---well okay, I do. Finally after years of obsessing about gaining a pound, I no longer worry. My brain has computerized exactly what I can eat each day without gaining weight. My husband always complains there is nothing good to eat.,which interprets as--no chips, candy, cookies and cake. Actually he likes eating healthy, but he still has to complain a bit.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the most important things to keep up with as you age. First of all you, want to maintain strong bones and be as flexible as possible. Speaking of walking, that is the best exercise of all-- just get out there and do for at least 45 minutes several times a week. We ride bicycles, which is fun and we don't feel like we are exercising. We compete with ourselves to increase our mileage each week. And we often reward ourselves after a long ride with a meal--healthy of course. I also use free weights to stay strong and avoid flying arms. Make exercise fun and you will stick with the program. If you are a single person, join a gym where you can exercise and meet new friends.

Have Fun

When I think about getting old I think about people who do not know how to have fun. We are always planning something fun. We often watch Jeopardy and keep score who answers the most questions. We may plan a hike on a new trail. We may decide to go out to dinner the last minute. You don't have to spend money to enjoy life. Stay socially connected with friends and family as that gives your life purpose. So 60 years is the new 40 if you live it that way.

Thats me and my husband Jim
Thats me and my husband Jim

Carol and Jim

A picture of me and my husband. We have been through all the ups and downs that people experience in any relationship. One thing we both know is that life is a short time so you may as well have some fun while living it. Though he doesn't seem to be smiling, he is a very happy person. 60 years is the new 40 so enjoy every day of your life.

Learn New Things

For many of us we are enjoying the luxury of more free time than ever before. You never need to be bored when there is so much to learn. Go to the library and find books to read. Go online and learn about things you have been wanting to explore. Or just read great hubs

Miscellaneous Thoughts about Being Over 60

Today women and men are entering the dating game at 60 and even older, and having a great time. Sometimes it is hard to tell the age of people, thanks to all the emphasis on fashion, makeup, hair and having a few nips and tucks.

Have you thought about turning a hobby into a business? After you have retired from your primary profession and enjoying a new hobby, why not make a few dollars with your talent. There are so many ways of promoting new businesses today. Craft shows are everywhere during the summer months and before the December holidays. Take a chance and set up a booth and you may be surprised at your success. The job market is tough out there today; you might find a part-time position that you could make a few extra dollars.

Perhaps you would enjoy volunteering.. There are so many places today that need extra help. Make sure to pick something that is dear to your heart. The feeling of giving is very self-satisfying.

Jump out of bed or you can gently walk, and think about at least one thing that you are grateful for. Life is not always easy and we all have problems, challenges and issues. No matter what your situation in life may be, the sun is going to shine; or maybe temporary rain. It doesn't matter what is going on outside because you are now over 60 and you deserve to enjoy the day. Remember 60 years is the new 40 so you have lots of time to choose what you want to do with your time and life.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping in and saying hello.. Yes lets stay young and active for always.

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      Debra Cornelius 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub! As one getting close to 60 I love hearing someone else agree it is the new 40! LOL ...I plan on spending my 60th birthday hiking the Appalachian Trail from end to end! Have an awesome weekend and do keep on writing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      justsilvie: Thanks so much for dropping in for a visit and always appreciate votes and sharing. Next time I will have the coffee on.

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I love this Hub and since my first year in my sixties is coming to an end I can say the experience of turning 60 was painless and enjoyable and I will concentrate on making the next year even better.

      Voted Up and Shared.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for your feedback. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Just keep on exercising because you feel better when you do.

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      Deborah Freed 4 years ago from Virginia Mountains

      this is such a great Hub and the comments are so much fun to keep up with. I love whipping out my AARP card and asking for that 25 cents drink at Wendy's!! And, I was a skinny minnie for years but am getting used to the gravity pull. I do use exercise DVD's but make sure to sit back and "watch" them before committing, lol. Thanks again Carol.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping by for a lovely visit. Hip huggers well maybe...Yes the road is a lot wider.

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      onegoodwoman 4 years ago from A small southern town

      Good to meet you.........enjoyed this hub!

      To date, I am the ONLY woman that I know, who looked forward to her 30th b'day..........now, in my 50's...........glad to know that something is still ahead in the next years.......................but NOT the hip huggers...............the curves are still there, but the road, it is SO much wider!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds like a plan. Life is about being satisfied with who we are. And prioritizing things that mean the most to us. Being healthy is number one in my book and when we take care of ourselves we take care of others better.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      I'm still working my way through my fifties and I was feeling a bit depressed about my weight going slowly up. Then I realised it doesn't actually matter,I'm healthy and still within the weight recommended for my height. I've decided age doesn't matter I shall concentrate on trying to keep fit and healthy and wear clothes that fit and look good on me regardless of age.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by. The weight can really creep up before we know it. Good for you ..you are being pro-active. Thanks for kind words.

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      Deborah Freed 4 years ago from Virginia Mountains

      very good sound advice. yep, am working on taking the expanded jeans to Goodwill as I downsize on calories and increase the walking! Yep, it crept right up on me! I saved my favorite jeans so I can wear them again when all the accumulated weight from the 50's is gone!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping by..Appreciate the visit...

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Carol7777!

      Really, really enjoyed this hub! When I turned 40 I had a personalized license plate saying "NJOYN 40"

      On September 30 this year I'm gonna make it "ENJOYN" the hell out of 60.

      Thanks for the reminder!

      Bruce

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Congrats on your new birthday. And you are truly only 40...Thanks for kind words and vote and share.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I was born in 1953 and I am going to be forty next year, thanks to you.

      Cheers for the boost. I hope everything continues well for you.

      Voted up and shared, deservedly so.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the visit and yes we have to enjoy this time of life. One good thing is that I would not want to be a young person today. So as long as we feel good when we wake up we have everything. Thanks for the vote.

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      Lissie Loomes 4 years ago from Tasmania, Australia

      Loved your hub. My sentiments exactly and I'm well past retirement age. Life-long learning is a biggie for me-must find time to write more hubs! I'll never get through my 'bucket list' I add something new to it every day. Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping by and leaving nice comments. I always appreciate that.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      Any age is great if you have good health...unfortunately, many people don't. However, you are correct in many of the things you say here...and attitude does make all the difference! Nice work.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well I am so glad to hear all this. Why not live while you life. I congratulate you. and thanks for the Votes.

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      Let's see...I'm definitely over 60. Promised myself when I was in my 20's that I'd be a dangerous dude to tackle in a streetfight by the time I was 70, and with a bit more than a year to go, do believe I made it.

      Built the Border Fort (our home) from the ground up, singlehanded, at the age of 66.

      Can still outwork any pair of 20 year old guys you throw at me.

      But...free time? WHAT free time? Got more irons in the fire than a cattle rustler with multiple personalities and no end in sight.

      Great Hub. Voted Up and Across.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping in and voting up I really appreciate that. This is our life and you always have to be aware we need a little more care as we get older...there are certain adjustments but not to let anything stop you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      dragonfly: thanks for dropping by with kind words. Life is good but it is not always easy.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Carol, these are some great tips to help stay young and with it! Luckily, I work with a group of 20 and 30-somethings, which definitely keeps me feeling young! I'm 5 years away from 60 and your Hub has made me feel much better about reaching that milestone. Voted up, useful and awesome. P.S. love the pic of you and your hubby.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for sharing part of your life with us. I think life gets better and better and would not want to go back... well maybe if I could keep the knowledge I have acquire along the road!

      Joy

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the most kind comments. Life is good but as you know it is not always easy. I think attitude is the most important thing, but all of us have faltering days where it sort of goes down the tubes. Thanks for stopping by and making my day.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Carol!

      I'm going to enjoy following your writing because you inspire me to be happy, content, and willing to embrace my 60 years of age. It begins with the way we think about things, and you certainly have a young mind. You and your husband are a great-looking couple. It's an honor to enjoy and share our literary efforts here on HP. Aloha!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for dropping in and sharing your experiences.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      I had fun roaming through your hubs. I've visited or lived in every place that you have except for France and the State of Oregon. The closest I ever want to be to Paris, is Montreal. I like Quebec and its people. Oregon is on my list of places to go and I hope to make it there by 2020 (When I will be 76 years old). Keep on sharing and writing. re France.

      No slight against les Francais, it's just that I am confining my travels to my three favorite countries. Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks coolpapa...for stopping by and comments.

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      Coolpapa 5 years ago from Florida

      Great piece! It is a number, a state-of-mind, an attitude. It s what you make of it.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Fennelseed: Thanks so much for kind words and trust me they mean a lot. This hub thing takes a lot of fortitude and working...Stay young and feel good..But taking care of yourself is the key.. Eating healthy, exercise but mostly enjoying life.

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Though some 8 years away yet I am looking forward to my retirement years and will be enjoying having time for all the things that I only get to dabble in now while full time work takes up my week. Your advise is good and doable, we are only as old as we feel and by maintaining health and fitness we are set to enjoy life to the fullest without all the stress. I am enjoying my fifties very much and look forward also to my sixth decade. Great hub, thank you. My votes and best wishes to you Carol, and sharing.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks annart, I appreciate your kind words. Yes we do have to work at staying young. You are certainly on the right track!

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Voted up, interesting and useful. I agree over 60 is regarded these days as being much better than it used to be. I love walking, cycling and playing tennis. Having grandchildren also keeps you young, at heart as well as in body. So thanks for the boost as sometimes I look in the mirror and think 'Is that really me?' Inside, I'm just the same as I was at 20! Great hub.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for kind words and of course sharing. We do have a great community here.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Carol, well said. Life begins at 60. All around life expectancy is increasing. So we indeed are getting younger.

      I started on hubpages after I turned 60 and physically don't feel over 40.

      Great write.

      Up and awesome.

      Shared on G+1.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      very well said, there is real life after 40, voted up

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Glad to hear 60 is the new 40 as I am getting closer and closer! lol. Enjoyed your article here. I stay as active and young as I can. I can't believe I am this old...young!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      mperrotter: thanks so much for stopping by..And really nice comments.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I love being in my 60s - these have really been some of the best years of my life. I have so much more time to do the things I'm really interested in. Good hub!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate the kind words.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      As I heading this way, it's good to know what my options are. Excellent advice and thanks for sharing.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for standing by and commenting. Yes life is good...Loved the Beattles.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm wondering why I didn't get a notification of this hub; I should have. Glad you told me about it and yes, I can relate. I remember the Beatles song "When I'm 64" and thinking that life would be miserable at that age....my life has never been better.

      Bravo my friend!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Inglenook Observer: Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing. Yes life begins at 60.

      Amuno: Thanks for the complements...Life is good however, we know it is never easy.

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      Alfred Amuno 5 years ago from Kampala

      Makes good reading and quite amusing. You are right about the author: not good to create a sense of uselessness when actually great things and life itself can be achieved until the last breath. Voted up.

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      InglenookObserver 5 years ago from Southwestern Wisconsin

      As a person who has tested the waters of "60" for a number of years, I agree. Once, there was a radio program titled, "Life Begins At 40". I will think if that is true for "60".