Aging lessons: The things that let you thrive in old age are easier than you think

This is so awesome!
It’s hard for me to visualise myself at 81 – 20 years from now. I hope I’m healthy, thin, flexible and strong. And creative. And laughing, lots of laughing!

To help that happen, my focus today is to do my 15 minutes of yoga, meditate for 8 minutes, and, let’s see, it’s Tuesday, which means kettleball.

Plus studying Japanese, writing one of my song starts, studying guitar, and making food for the week, so I can grab and head to work…

And I also feel so proud that I’m a native New Yorker. In reality, it was my parents’ choice, but I’m as proud as if I nudged them in the direction of not heading down south to have me, but staying right in Harlem.

What makes Lask, Lee and White particularly notable is that all of them have found a way to forge active lives past 81, the average life expectancy for someone living in New York City. And because of that, they are featured in a series of narratives, photos and videos showing “that older people have goals, they have lives that are dynamic,” says Dorian Block, director of the Exceeding Expectations project at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University. “You can be the person you’ve always been.”

What makes Lask, Lee and White particularly notable is that all of them have found a way to forge active lives past 81, the average life expectancy for someone living in New York City. And because of that, they are featured in a series of narratives, photos and videos showing “that older people have goals, they have lives that are dynamic,” says Dorian Block, director of the Exceeding Expectations project at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University. “You can be the person you’ve always been.”

What makes Lask, Lee and White particularly notable is that all of them have found a way to forge active lives past 81, the average life expectancy for someone living in New York City. And because of that, they are featured in a series of narratives, photos and videos showing “that older people have goals, they have lives that are dynamic,” says Dorian Block, director of the Exceeding Expectations project at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University. “You can be the person you’ve always been.”

In good weather, Sylvia Lask logs thousands of steps a day on her Fitbit as she pushes down New York City sidewalks with her walker. As frequently as once a week, she heads to Albany, walker and all, to lobby state government officials about mental-health issues. Florence Lee drives […]

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