New attitude towards aging

by Robert Stewart, Facilitator

The words “Anti-Aging” are falling out of favor and being replaced with celebrating and embracing “Growing Older”.

A pro-aging movement is taking hold in Ventura. In 2014 a small group of men gathered together to share with each other, in a confidential environment, what they are experiencing as we age. Women are good at gathering and sharing their life’s experiences. Men on the other hand are more willing to get together for common interest such as sports, work related projects, or just BS-ing. Now that we are ageing, we are slowing down and spending time evaluating our life experiences. There seems to be more interest in discovering who we really are as we travel down this narrowing road of life. As we grow older there is more emphasis on “what is the meaning of life?”

Through the years the men’s group has grown to 17 members, age ranges from 65 to 89 and continues to attract new members. In 2017 we adopted a name for our group: YOG which means “Young Old Guys”. We meet two times a month over lunch and discuss various topics such as relationship changes, loneliness, regrets, health issues, how to create more happiness and joy in our life.

As Winston Churchill said “Life can either be accepted or changed, if it is not accepted, it must be changed, if it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted”.

For more information 644 5598 or email rmstewart1934@gmail.com.

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