The Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide, is a Social Enterprise, committed to improving the wellbeing of our Nation’s Retirees and Seniors. For a number of years, we have been campaigning to change the common mindset towards the 50s, 60s, 70s and Seniors and I’m glad to say that I believe I can see some real changes happening. People have started talking about these later years with enthusiasm. We can do so many new and wonderful things now that many of the stresses of younger times are behind us. We can travel more, start a new career, study, volunteer or mentor those who have not had the benefit of decades of experience. ‘Mature’, ‘Old’ and ‘Retirement’ are no longer bad words – in fact they denote our time to Celebrate Life!

Whilst the mindset is definitely shifting and people, particularly those in their 50s. 60s and 70s see themselves as ‘New Age Retirees”, the next stage is to build the knowledge and skills to make the most of the valuable extra years that New Age Retirees can expect, compared to the retirees of generations past. We may face health challenges as we grow older, however, planning, and being aware and taking positive steps can help. Make sure that you do your health screenings and medical tests earlier. Be aware of all the new advances and medical techniques available to you.

The critical message I’d like to get across is that by planning, organising and consciously designing our future years, we will have happier and constructive years ahead. Sort out your financial retirement plan, work out where and in what kind of house or apartment you would like to live the next twenty, thirty or forty years. Should you be changing your lifestyle for a healthier retirement? Would you like to travel and go for adventures? What contribution to society do you want to make and what kind of legacy are you working to leave? You’ll find well considered answers to many of these questions in this issue. Our aim is to empower our readers with information they need to make the best choices for themselves. The Guide contains invaluable information in important areas such as living options, health and well-being, finance and travel. Let’s work together to Celebrate Life today and plan to have great years ahead. Let’s enjoy a full and active life with its own adventures, relationships and challenges with joy and happiness.

Enjoy!

Deepa Calais, Publisher