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Website focuses on life after 50

afterfiftylivingAfterFiftyLiving.com, a rapidly emerging online social network that provides resources exclusively for Baby Boomers, believes life after 50 can be dynamic and exciting.

“In fact, we like to say that these can be our best years ever. But we also believe this doesn’t happen by accident. We asked our members: What is it that really counts as we age? What makes the difference and turns the tide from a life in retreat to a robust life punctuated by vigor and vitality?” said Jo-Anne S. Lema, founder of AfterFiftyLiving.com.

“Much of what we heard was not surprising. Maintain your health, exercise regularly, eat colorful foods and do so in moderation, nurture relationships. But five additional tips emerged that round out a recipe for robust living after 50. We believe embracing these tips can help transform, enlighten and delight you,” she said.

Stoke the flames: Stay sexy after 50
Why “stay sexy” as we age? Because sexual activity is good for you, pure and simple. Sexual activity enhances your health, as well as your perception of your health. Staying sexy as we age may be more of a challenge than when we were younger. If there’s a physical issue holding you back, see your doctor. And if your doctor doesn’t help you, get a new doctor. Joint replacements, erectile dysfunction medications and other treatments may be enormously beneficial.

Pursue a passion
Find that one thing in your life that really excites you and sparks your enthusiasm. Pursue it and become your own “expert.” Master a musical instrument. Learn about the dances native to your ancestors. Try a new language. Visit new lands. Take on technology. Volunteer in your local schools or your church or the hospital. You’ll meet new people, exercise your brain cells and your muscles, and you’ll develop a sense of achievement and accomplishment all at the same time. It’ll help ward off depression and will lighten your spirits!

Adjust your attitude
Massage your mental health and your outlook on life. Put simply, lose the negativity. One study of people older than 50 found that those with positive self-perceptions live 7.6 years longer. Researchers also concluded that pessimism about “elderly decline” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Feeling younger than you really are is linked to better health, life satisfaction and cognitive abilities. Can’t beat that!

Live it up with laughterlivingafter502
Laughter is a positive, beneficial elixir. It may help us relax and sleep better, give a boost to our immune systems and enhance our blood flow. Most importantly, it makes us feel better. The willingness and ability to see humor in life’s situations enhances our social attractiveness. Other people are more likely to be drawn to you if there’s a smile on your face and laughter in your heart!

Watch your wallet
Schemes and scams from the unscrupulous are annoying for most of us, but when they’re targeted to seniors, they can be most alarming. The National Crime Prevention Association said that fraudulent telemarketers direct 56 percent to 80 percent of their scams to senior citizens. Why? Because scammers know that this age group is vulnerable. Arm yourself and your loved ones now! Start by checking your credit report. Make a list of all assets and liabilities. Identify all financial accounts and don’t forget insurance policies. If you don’t have estate planning documents in place, find yourself an estate planning attorney and get going. Don’t let failure to plan and protect your finances result in future distress.

A rapidly emerging online social network, AfterFiftyLiving.com also provides resources exclusively for Baby Boomers and folks older than 50. AfterFiftyLiving.com not only offers social opportunities but does so by supporting meaningful and respected living.

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