How seniors can age consciously and grow into their best selves over the years

Growing old has its challenges, but it offers so many opportunities too.

Sage-ing International is a nonprofit organisation that is dedicated to helping elders reclaim their role as leaders by sharing their wisdom and knowledge.

Cape Town resident Grace Smith is the course convener at the University of the Third Age, a learning cooperative for seniors.

Read: Clock ticking and not enough cash for retirement? You still have options

Smith has always believed in conscious aging, and living healthy constructive life in the later years.

She discovered the work of Sage-ing International and has been promoting the principle of "age-ing to sage-ing" since.

In order to retain your memory, you have to be able to handle your emotions and stress.

Grace Smith, University of the Third Age

Ultimately you want to develop your own spiritual interaction with yourself, other people and the environment. I see this as the ultimate role for your senior years.

Grace Smith, University of the Third Age

Smith, joined by Gary and Charlotte Carlson of Sage-ing International, share their advice on how elderly people can live enriching lives.

Conscious aging is about living your elder years understanding that there good times and bad times, it's not all one or the other.

Gary Carlson

I have 77 years of life experience and this is absolutely the best time of my life.

Gary Carlson

Take a listen to the discussion during the Family Matters feature:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How seniors can age consciously and grow into their best selves over the years


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

The all-female team of sports physiotherapists played a key role in the management team backing the Boks during the World Cup.

Wouter Kellerman on his music, Grammy win and viral Ndlovu Youth Choir collab

Wouter Kellerman on his music, Grammy win and viral Ndlovu Youth Choir collab

Grammy Award-winning SA flautist opens up about his musical journey and his life-changing collaboration with Ndlovu Youth Choir.

Everything you need to know about "fair wear and tear" on rented property

Everything you need to know about "fair wear and tear" on rented property

Property attorney Marlon Shevelew provides a comprehensive explanation of what constitutes “fair wear and tear” in lease agreements.

Clock ticking and not enough cash for retirement? You still have options

Clock ticking and not enough cash for retirement? You still have options

There's a lot more to ensuring happiness in retirement, explains life coach Hilary Henderson and nursing sister Irene Mabanga.

This Korean start-up won't employ you unless you are at least 55 years of age

This Korean start-up won't employ you unless you are at least 55 years of age

Ian Mann, MD at Gateways Business Consultants says there are benefits to employing senior citizens that are often overlooked.

Should the elderly re-test for their drivers licence? That's unfair, says AA

Should the elderly re-test for their drivers licence? That's unfair, says AA

Automobile Association spokesman Layton Beard says family members should talk to senior citizens about their driving skills.

Popular articles
Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Did someone steal your phone? Contact your bank without hesitation warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

SAA is on its knees, cap in hand, asking taxpayers for R2 billion this month. Unions must be careful, warns Guy Leitch (SA Flyer).

[WATCH] Jozi motorist avoids hailstorm with inventive way to cover car

[WATCH] Jozi motorist avoids hailstorm with inventive way to cover car

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

"This problem is bigger than just a Kingswood problem. The relevant processes will unfold," says College Head Colleen Vassiliou.

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.