This post shares some informative and insightful points from a talk Dr. Ken Dychtwald gave during the 2015 Aging in America Conference. His talk was last March and titled – Maturity Re-Imagined. It brings out points to think about on living the rest of your life.
Related to living longer and getting older, the month of May is celebrated each year as Older American Month. I especially like this year’s theme. Get into the Act. It’s focus is to increase awareness and encourage individuals to get more involved and to take action on their health.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services has a web site page on the Older American Month. Part of its statement on the program’s History is shown here:
When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”
Now back to some thoughts on Dr. Dychtwald’s talk. A video of his talk at the American Society on Aging conference can be found here. It’s a little over 40 minutes and for anyone interested in getting older it will really be worth your time.
Dr. Dychtwald strongly recommends a need for new thinking on maturing and reviews, during his talk, the need for new ways to think about the areas of – Health – Family – Work – Leisure – Home – Finance – Purpose.
One key point in the talk, which was of interest to me, is the need to focus more on people being Interdependent. Much of our education and thinking has been on the importance of being Independent. In other words we should be doing things together vs on our own.