We’ve been following a USAToday/CBS Series called Senior Moment – Boomers Turn 65. Their big question is “how will a generation defined by its youthfulness and optimism deal with old age and hard times?” This part of the series explores key personality traits that promote successful aging.

We boomers don’t think of ourselves as old or feel old, even though our bodies may be aging. We embrace fitness as the cornerstone of general well-being, and no matter where we fall on that irrelevant age line, we know about enhancing longevity by actively “doing it.” Like Gail Sheehy, boomers understand “self care” is another key to agelessness.

The USAToday/CBS series recommends calling the period of being seniors “late adulthood” with old age starting only after that. However, “senior citizen” has become pejorative which we predict ultimately will become extinct. At Bette Boomer, we’ve already begun to change the terminology. Those of us 50 to 64 are superboomers. Our upper phenomenals living large at 65 to 80 are superseniors actively on the path to living well to 100. We are poised to redefine aging.

Whole-life happiness balances physical health with emotional well-­being — a map for revitalizing and reaping the rich rewards of the final third of life. The takeaway message is that no matter what your age, there are ways to enhance your longevity. Those who age well don’t do so accidentally. Rather, it is the achievement of deliberate action, of “embracing longevity.”

Facing the challenges aging brings to the table may be “uncharted territory” but boomers are well-equipped for the task. None of us wants to live longer without a strong body and cognitive fitness. We continue to walk the walk of full, rich lives built on the foundation of fitness, and live well by staying in the mainstream and never retiring from life. Aging boomers never stop learning, looking for new mountains to climb and meaningful ways to give back.

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