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According to the World Health Organization, active aging is defined as “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” People can stay active throughout their lifespans by participating in social, cultural, economic, spiritual, and civic affairs. That can include paid and volunteer work as well as regular physical exercise.

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, her life has become that much more complex. Like many people, Amy is working from home, at least until the end of April and perhaps longer. Her husband is self-quarantined in New York. One of her mother’s caregivers has a sick child, so can’t come in. Not surprisingly, Amy feels overwhelmed. “This is a huge challenge,” she says about working from home while caring for her mother, worrying about her spouse, and managing outside help.

That’s what two authors of inspired and inspiring books about aging discovered and, happily, have taken the trouble to share with those of us likely to join the ranks of the “oldest old” in the not-too-distant future. Actually, the wisdom therein might be equally valuable for young and middle-aged adults who may dread getting old. To their detriment, some may even avoid interacting with old people lest their “disease” rub off on them.

Learning new things becomes especially important in the senior years. It’s a great way to keep the mind and body active and can play a big part in keeping seniors happy and healthy. Whether it’s in a more formal classroom setting or just learning something new from a friend, it’s good to encourage your loved one to seek knowledge. Let’s take a look at why learning is so important as we age.

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