60 Things To Do When You Turn 60

60 Things To Do When You Turn 60

by Ronnie Sellers


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60 Things To Do When You Turn 60 is a thoughtful, humorous, and sometimes provoking collection of essays written by people from all walks of life on the subject of turning 60.

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ISBN-13: 9781416246619
Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 179,342
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 12

Section 1 17 Get Back (The Beatles, 1969)

1 Never, ever give up Diana Nyad 19

Be bold, he fearless, and chase your dream no matter how old you are.

2 Take off your clothes, Cynthia Thayer 26

When you are 60, of course you can wear purple - or else nothing at all!

3 Let it go Daniel J. Benor, M.D. 31

Don't let unpleasant memories bog you down. This release technique is safe and requires no more than the skill of tapping your hands and feet!

4 "It's not too late to be what you might have been." Alison Teal 36

An alumna addresses a college reunion and finds the thread that links a diverse yet similar crowd.

5 Question everything Leo Sewell 46

Revisit the rebellious spirit of your youth. Your 60s are a perfect time to revive the activism of the '60s?

6 Go directly to jail Kathy J. Marshach, Ph.D., P.S. 51

To all of the possessions, wealth, and acclaim you've accumulated in the past 60 years, add a little humility. There's nothing like spending some time in jail to teach you life's greatest lesson.

7 Do unto others Gerald S. Migdol 56

All roads merge at 60! Keep your eye on the path ahead - it's time to channel the idealism of your youth into the very real need to give hack to your community.

8 Follow your passions Seawell J. Brandau 61

At this stage of life, let your passions be your legacy. Endow the futures of others.

9 Make a difference Suzanne Wright 65

Put your energy and drive behind a cause you're passionate about. It's never too late to make your mark?

Section 2 I'm a Believer (The Monkees, 1966) 71

10 Find your island Jamie Wyeth 73

When it comes to creative endeavors, the best path for this acclaimed artist has been solitude.

11 Dare to believe in ghosts Mark Nesbitt 78

Now that you're closer to heaven than birth, open your mind to the possibility of intangibles. Believe in the mystery of life - and beyond!

12 Be a saint Father James Martin, S.J. 84

Being holy simply means being who you are. Embrace your true self!

13 Set your intention Catherine Shainberg, Ph.D. 89

The mystical meaning of the number six shows potential balance and harmony in your 60s. Make that potential real by finding an intention to guide you in this decade.

14 Pray Leslie Williams, Ph.D 94

Prayer can be an ongoing conversation and constant companion, no matter what lies ahead.

15 Reflections on turning 60 Rev. Kenneth W. Collier 99

At 60, the pace of life slows, but that allows time to experience things more deeply and understand them more profoundly.

Section 3 Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys, 1966) 105

16 Go to where the art is Faith Ringgold 107

Discover what treasures may be hidden in your museum or art gallery.

17 Keep your sense of humor Judy, Brown 111

A joke a day keeps the doctor away.

18 Go ahead and inhale Alice Waldman 116

Yoga is just what the doctor ordered for aging boomers. So sit back, take stock, flex your muscles, catch your breath, and get on with your life!

19 Ask the big questions Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D 123

In your sixth decade, It's time to search within to find your inner wisdom. Striving to understand why you're here can ease anxiety, anger, and fear, and move you toward life-affirming action!

20 Chill out and meditate Joan Goldstein 128

Who hasn't wanted to escape to a tropical island - to rest, relax, rejuvenate? You won't need a magic carpet to get away! just close your eyes - and meditate!

21 Leave a legacy of care Mary Pearl 133

A defining moment for a child inspired a lifelong passion for all things wild. Now, this champion of conservation medicine offers advice on how to care for the Earth even after you leave it.

22 Be inspired night and day Greg Mort 139

Through the years, you may have focused on maintaining a career, raising children, and running a household. You weren't so much inspired as compelled, driven, required. Now, becoming 60 may mean that these obligations are receding, leaving room to investigate other pursuits.

23 Fall in love Fran Maher Brian Coffey 144

Two people with respectable jobs, both parents of grown children, meet, fall in love, then together they fall in love again with the improbable and mystical world of classical Chinese medicine. Along the way, they discover each other and a new way of life and retirement-free careers.

Section 4 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (James Brown, 1965) 149

24 Live to 100! Thomas T. Perls, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. 151

You could live another 40 years. All it takes are healthy doses of optimism, good genes, exercises for the body and the brain, and a weight-conscious diet. No smoking or quack remedies allowed.

25 Learn new tricks Mel Boring 157

An old dog can learn new tricks? Now that you're 60, it's time to jump out of that easy chair - through new hoops!

26 Rejuvenate your mind Roger K. Pitman, M.D 164

The more you bombard your brain with new experiences, the more episodic memories you'll create. Stimulating your hippocampus will ensure that the next three decades don't just race by in the blink of an eye!

27 Live like a kid Frank J. Miele 169

Approach life in your 60s with a childlike curiosity - growing up is a never-ending process?

28 Get rich quick Loral Langemeier 175

Harness your entrepreneurial spirit and drive it forward in a sixth-decade business. You can have a millionaire retirement!

29 Start a business Virgil Scudder 181

Work after 60? Think "start-up," not "wind-down" Life is too short not to be mentally engaged. Do what you love - on your own terms!

30 Make a commitment Laura Schatzberg 187

At 60, you have skills that are desired by volunteer organizations everywhere. Share them by joining the Peace Corps!

31 Discover what matters Judith E. Glaser 192

A life-threatening diagnosis doesn't have to mean that life is over. Sometimes it means that life needs a new focus.

Section 5 Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong, 1960; The Beatles, 1964) 199

32 Milk your cash cow Jeff Harris, Ch.F.C. 201

When you retire, your 401(k) plan should be working for you, not your company. It's time to torn your retirement plan into an income-generating machine!

33 Budget for 100 years Anna M. Rappaport, F.S.A., M.A.A.A. 207

Extend your savings along with your life span - for a comfortable retirement.

34 Buy and hold Nick Murray 213

Despite conventional wisdom, a well-diversified portfolio of equities is the only historically sound way to financial security - over the next 30 years. Build a nest egg that will outlive you!

35 Use some will power Sanford J. Schlesinger, Esq. 219

No more excuses. It's time to put your affairs in order.

36 Rethink your insurance strategy Richard Bailey 225

Let your emotional life drive your financial life by taking the time to do an "emotional checkup."

Section 6 This Old Heart of Mine (Isley Brothers, 1966) 231

37 Get your 100,000-mile tune-up Evan Appelbaum, M.D 233

You bring your car into the shop after 100,000 miles. Isn't it time to bring yourself in for your own six-decade checkup?

38 Get physical Edward G. McFarland, M.D. 238

No pain, no gain! Exercise is "sorely" needed - to keep you fit and happy for the rest of your life.

39 Treat yourself like a star Nicholas V. Perricone, M.D. 244

Follow this natural-nutrition and wrinkle-control program to rejuvenate your skin and boost your energy level. You'll be ready to rock 'n' roll in no time!

40 Cherish every day Mellanie True Hills 250

When you've been to death's door, life truly becomes precious. You cherish simple things, such as sapphire skies with wispy clouds and fragrant flowers. You live every day as if it is your last.

41 Be a mover and a shaker Charles Faulkner Bryan, Jr. 256

Despite the diagnosis of a progressive disease, such as Parkinson's, never waver in your resolve to enjoy life to the fullest! Keep your eye on the road ahead and enjoy the journey.

42 Sleep tight Gerard Lombardo, M.D. 262

You've probably slept a total of 20 years over the past six decades, the same length of time that the title character snoozed in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle. Since you literally sleep to live, learn to sleep well!

43 Be comprehensive with your health Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. 267

Before you choose a therapy, research natural and prescription therapies with your doctor. Be a healthy - and happy - patient!

44 Stress: the good6, the bad, the ugly Dr. Kathleen Hall, Ph.D. 273

If the effects of stress are becoming overwhelming, restore your health and balance by trying these four simple steps.

45 Prepare the mind and the body for the decades ahead Neil S. Calman, M.D. 279

You may have thought that the era of testing was over, but the preventative tests at this time of your life are even more important.

46 Look in the mirror Cap Lesesne, M.D. 284

We all age, it is an inescapable truth. We can't stop it. What we can do, however, is change the way we age.

Section 7 The Leader of the Pack (Shangri-Las, 1964) 291

47 Rediscover yourself at 60 Gloria Steinem 293

Aging is a journey toward self-discovery and perhaps a revolution of sorts.

48 Discover kaizen Linda Lopez 298

Kaizen is a Japanese word that means "continuous improvement." Continuous improvement is achieved only one way - by going forward.

49 Take a running leap of faith Sharon Vaughn 304

Baby, you were born to run! It's never too late to pull out all the stops - run fast, race well, gun your motor!

50 Dream on, and achieve your goals Miki Gorman 309

It's never too late to realize your dream! Your 60s can mark the start - or the accomplishment - of something big!

51 Go the distance Michael Milone, Ph.D. 313

With training buddies and a schedule, you, too, can be a marathon runner? The mental strength you have in your 60s will make it easier for you than those half your age!

Section 8 I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher, 1965) 319

52 Seduce someone Ricardo Munarriz, M.D. 321

Prime your libido and go to bed early! Sex at 60 is fun, exciting, and can add years to your life!

53 Become a parent Chris Smither 327

To be, or not to be - a parent! You may have been writing a list of pros and cons for decades, but in your 60s, it's time to get down off the fence and just do it!

54 Do what you love Aleta St. James 333

Your 60s should find you winding up, not down. Step out of your comfort zone - follow your heart, nurture a baby or pet project, do what you love!

55 Go on a date Wendy Reid Crisp 337

Faced with the possibility of reentering the dating scene? Don't worry - the scene at 60 is different, and also, you're different.

Section 9 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (The Byrds, 1965) 343

56 Go fishing with your grandchildren Robert E. Rich, Jr. 345

Captivate your grandchildren - hook, line, and sinker! It's your responsibility to teach them to fish!

57 Dance with the farmer who grows your food Gwen Roland 351

Farmers' markets can provide fresh, locally grown produce and create a community of friends, too. So grab a partner, put on your dancing shoes, and celebrate the harvest.

58 Put yourself first Jules R. Altfas, M.D. 357

As you hit the big 6-0, it's time to finally put yourself first. You've earned the right to be a little selfish!

59 Hit the road Alan Lewis 361

Time is wasting! At 60, this is not a dress rehearsal! Follow your dream, satisfy your wanderlust, travel the world!

60 Build a natural legacy Steve McCormick 367

As you reach the age of 60, opportunities abound to leave a legacy of riches that is available to everyone - the natural world!

About the Editors 372

Acknowledgments 374

Credits 375

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