In former times “getting old” meant stopping the hard work we had done all our adult lives. Most older people felt unhappy and unfulfilled, women became full time grandmas and found some purpose in that while men often felt useless and chose to decay early and to die prematurely.
Today we know that our life span has much to do with the meaning we give to our lives. So if we want to live longer and feel fulfilled and even – yes – happy in our “second adulthood”, we need to live a purposeful life.
How do we get there? First of all we must not get lazy, disinterested, bored or anxious. All this shuts down our systems . We need to actively find a new purpose in life. We can also continue to work on the one we pursued before, maybe with different rhythms, topics and actions.
Our guest Lowell Ann Fuglsang is a splendid example of how to create an active and meaningful life in older age by courageously going out into the world and doing what she loves to do: helping others to succeed.