BOULDER, Colo.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Enrich Life at 50 and Older.org (ELO50), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is holding an important free event at the Boulder Public Library Theater on Thursday, April 27 starting with registration at 6:00 pm, for people 50 and older (50+) who want to remain actively engaged after the first half of their lives. Come to this event and learn about more than 20 ways beyond working for pay that enable people 50+ to remain actively engaged in ways that add value for themselves, their community, and the larger world.
The focus will be on how people 50+ can be active, engaged and contribute for many more years beyond a retirement age of 65 that was established by the Social Security Act in 1935—82 years ago! With 30 years added to longevity from beginning to end of the 20th century, the reality is that millions of Americans can continue in value-added activities into their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond.
It is interesting to note that in a 2014 national survey co-sponsored by Merrill Lynch of more then 7,000 workers 50 and older, more than 70 percent stated the driving force was not to earn more money but rather to keep their mental edge sharp, move into a new line of work, and to retain their social connections.
According to Bill Zinke, President of ELO50, "With substantially increased longevity, a growing number of people 50+ want to continue adding value. The reality is that we need to develop ways that enable them to continue being actively engaged. Recent studies indicate that people 50 and older who continue to age actively report greater satisfaction with life, enjoy better health, and live more than four years longer then their counterparts who move to the sidelines and sit on their assets."
ELO50+ created and trademarked an image of a Greek Temple reflecting the Seven Pillars of Aging Successfully™:
These are the seven pillars:
- Active engagement
- Social connection
- Exercise/physical fitness
- Healthy diet
- Adequate sleep
- Financial management
- Spiritual well-being
These pillars support our concept of how people 50+ can age successfully. We have a friend who reports at age 90, having incorporated these seven pillars into his daily living and believes that they have significantly contributed to his longevity. Thirty percent of longer lives are based on genes—the rest is up to you!