That’s why she started the Healthy Aging® brand more than 20 years ago, in an effort to spotlight the positive aspects of aging. Today, Healthy Aging consists of a website, magazine and even a designated Healthy Aging Month -- September!
Worthington says that in the early ‘90s, she was producing and publishing health information for older people. As baby boomers were turning 50, she saw that their vision for aging was different than that of their parents. They were challenging long held stereotypes about getting old.
“Like the protesters of the ‘60s, I could hear the chant, ‘Hell no, we won’t go,’ resonating across the country,” she says.
She began interviewing and filming elders talking about their views on aging for a public television special called “Our Nation’s Health . . . Healthy Aging.” For the project, she spoke with competitive senior athletes, gerontologists, an 80-year-old who decided to take up running as an octogenarian, a 90-year-old who still worked as a counselor on positive mental wellness, and others. A positive movement was afoot, and she wanted to capture more of it. After trademarking Healthy Aging, Worthington pursued more of those stories through television specials, books, educational materials and more. “Healthy Aging defines all that is positive about physical, social, mental and financial well-being, especially for the active adult, 45-plus,” she says.
Worthington recently shared her favorite pieces of wisdom on healthy aging with Get Old:
- Make your own image of yourself as you age – do not fall into the old stereotype of being “old.”
- If you think young, you will stay young. Think “old,” you will be “old.”
- Don’t act “your age.” Forget about those chronological birthdays.
- Follow your passions, not what you think others think you should be doing.
- It’s never, ever, too late to try something new.
- Surround yourself with upbeat people.
- Keep going!
Worthington says that as views on aging shift, more and more members of the older population continue to reinvent themselves. “Today it seems ‘aging’ is no longer a dirty word,” she says. “Rather, many people are embracing the coming years and are out to show that they can remain vibrant for many years to come.”
For more insights on Healthy Aging, including tips to celebrate Healthy Aging Month in September, visit www.healthyaging.net.
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