“Creating a Life Worth Living”
A “well life” is a whole lot more than simply being healthy.
Aging just isn’t what it used to be. Yes, time marches on and the months keep flipping past on the calendar, but these days there are more and more seniors who seem younger, who are more active, who are healthier, in spite of the fact that people are living longer than ever.
Our cover story focuses on “dynamic aging” and learning how to lead a “well life.” There’s a physical element to it–exercising more and practicing better nutrition, among other things–but just as important, it’s a way of thinking. We hear from such experts as Jane Ellery, who coordinates the wellness management and gerontology graduate program at Ball State University. She says a “well life” is a life worth living “from cradle to grave. We want people in every stage of life to reach their full potential.”
Truth be told, living a “well life” is what Retirement Living magazine is all about. The cover story provides the prescription for developing the right mindset, and the rest of the articles offer a roadmap for living that life. For example, we focus on the business of organics, a growing part of a healthy lifestyle for many people across Northern Indiana and around the world. “It’s the decision to eat healthier,” says Sacha Burns, owner of the Sunkissed Organics micro-farm in LaPorte County.
Flip a few more pages for thoughts about managing chronic conditions. Again, healthy choices can often head off some of the issues of aging, or make them easier to live with. Also, aging may bring about the need for a new knee or hip, and we consult with the experts for suggestions to make recovery faster and more successful.
This issue profiles some of the area’s influential people over 50–each is living a “well life” that has inspired others. Another article is packed with financial advice–the kinds of tips that can help you live that longer life without worrying so much about how to afford it. It’s best to start planning early in life, but for those entering their 50s, there’s still time to make a difference. And as you plan to retire in style, read our article on keeping up with the latest fashion styles.
There’s still more for your “well life” in this issue’s departments and columns. A pet is great for your emotional health, and our expert offers advice to help your dog stay emotionally healthy, too. As you “age in place,” we offer suggestions for keeping your home “place” safe and sound.
We’ve also got advice on great places to eat Italian across Northern Indiana, and great things to do in Florida’s St. Augustine. There’s plenty to do closer to home, too–it’s spelled out in our arts and entertainment roundup. Enjoy our current issue!
–Glee Renick-May, Publisher