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OUR NEW SERIES: WELCOME TO “THE A-TEAM”

The two words ‘modern’ and ‘ageing’ may appear a contradiction in terms but there’s now a “Modern Ageing Movement” and it’s likely you’re a part of it, whether you realise or not!

You might never have thought yourself exceptional or special but in our new series 'The A-Team', we want to share many more members’ experiences of health, family, home, money, emotions, friends - just about everything important as our generation redefines the concept of “ageing”.

We've called our new series The A-Team and from today we'll be bringing you regular ideas, updates and discussions on how to be part of it.

If you're reading this you are likely to be part of a generation, called the Baby Boomers or whatever else, which has lived longer, is healthier, richer and better educated than ever before.

Does that make you feel good, sick at being passed over, or cynical that so many good things could be aligned in a cohort of ages who were simply lucky enough to be born at the right time?

And what is this modern ageing movement? It’s well described by the Global Centre for Modern Ageing. It’s a not-for-profit based in South Australia which aims to improve the life of older people.

“Modern ageing is a worldwide movement which recognises the welcome phenomenon of people living longer and shatters the myths about older people being out of touch and incompetent,” they say.

“It is a new narrative which says people have the opportunity - and the right - to live purposeful and productive lives on their own terms.

“Thanks to the breakthroughs in medicine and science people are living far longer. But modern ageing says our lives should not only be longer. Our lives should be fuller and better.”

To read more from the GCMA see here. At FiftyUp Club, we want to illustrate how our "A-Team" members' and other’s lives can be fuller and better with your own stories reflecting the sentiments above.

To kick things off we’ll have a few profiles of members ranging from literally 50 years old and up to maybe even 100!  They need not be individually incredible but they will be collectively compelling.

Are you happy to be profiled? If so, leave a comment below or email contact@fiftyupclub.com  

The irony is we can be too close to our own lives to see what they mean on a wider canvas. So instead of just comparing with other FiftyUps see instead the massive changes which have occurred with this group since we were children.

Start collecting your thoughts and in the near future we shall show you how to contribute and let you see each others’ stories.

In the meantime if you have any thoughts of this project and how we might run it, do let us know in the comments below.

 

Any information is general advice, it does not take into account your individual circumstances, objectives, financial situation or needs.

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Anonymous from QLD commented:

Terrific! Ageing and the care of the aged is a hot topic at the moment ... but is anyone listening? Too much talk and no action. The thought of the next stage makes me feel very anxious. Why do I get the impression that it is all about money? 

Anonymous
Anonymous from NSW commented:

I’m interested & happy to be profiled. 

Phillip
Phillip from NSW commented:

Hi, happy to be profiled. I am a mum of 3, grandma to 8, wife to 1, friend to many, Australian Record holder in powerlifting, fitter and healthier than some my age, and still a work in progress. I am of the 1960 vintage and while I may be in my 60s, I certainly don't feel that way. Hubby and I have been sporty most of our adult lives as have our children (we have 3: 44, 41, 38). Like other people have said I am astounded at how the younger generations (including 1 of my own kids) complain about how easy it was for us. Well we worked hard and just dealt with things as they came. We had our children young, extremely young, but never felt it held us back. It was our decision to have the children and so we made the most of it. Today people want to have the beautiful home we worked 20 years to get, the holidays we put off until our kids had grown, etc they want to start where we have 'finished' (well not finished, but you get my drift). However, in part I blame us. We basically told our kids they could have it all, do it all, be it all and while the sentiment was good, that's a lie. Because they can't have it all, do it all, be it all; and neither can we. Generally, we have allowed and enabled them to think they deserve now what we worked hard to achieve. One of my daughters has 4 children and she often says she needs 'me time', when is it my turn, etc and asked me when will she get her go? I said to her in about 20 years. I am not say we Boomers got it completely right, but I think we didn't expect things to fall into our laps either. 

Phillip
Phillip from NSW replied to Phillip:

I am obviously not Phillip but his wife lol 

Anonymous
Anonymous from ACT commented:

Wow how exciting is this. I am trying to understand firstly I am old and secondly keeping up with life . 

Anonymous
Anonymous from QLD commented:

Greetings, Yes happy to be profiled. I am a baby boomer, year of 1960. I am healthy and active and believe strongly that being this way is down to me taking my life into my own hands and looking our for me! I am also a health & wellness coach and I run a FB community page called "The Whole You - Nourished & Living Agelessly. I offer 1:1 coaching programs, in home cooking classes and free information webinars once per month. Here are my contact details Patricia Frederick E:pfred.au@gmail.com E:patricia@warmlynourished.com.au W: www.warmlynourished.com M: 0401995502 PO Box 15632 City East QLD 4002 

Stephen
Stephen from NSW commented:

Whilst i think we the Baby Boomers were incredibly lucky (still are) I think we worked hard and played hard to earn our luck. AS the saying goes " you make your own luck" I always found that the harder i worked the luckier I got. I do get a bit annoyed when younger generations villify me for being successful whenI see them going to nightclubs, dining out holidays and everything new and shiny. Seems like our generation did not have the opportunities or distractions that are available these days. Work life balance mmm. Work hard set your goals and go for it I say. I now have balance and am happy. In fact as I contemplate my history I have always been happy and made do with what was thrown my way. No complaints happy Boomer. 

Roger
Roger from QLD commented:

I'm 62 and working fulltime, which my parents would have thought strange. We have 4 grandchildren who we are actively involved in helping to care for (take to school, dance lessons, etc) and we try to keep physically active and healthy as we anticipate that our current situation will continue for some time. Happy to contribute to further in the future. Roger 

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