Fifty plus and restless: How older Indians are working on unfulfilled dreams

Changing perception about turning fifty

 

Fifty seems to be the new thirty. Not very long ago, hitting the big ‘five-oh’ was considered a time to slow down in life; a time to take things easy and relax. That’s no longer the norm. With advances in medical care and growing self-awareness, perceptions are changing. People turning 50 are starting to invest in themselves and have no intention of applying the brakes; their goal is to #LiveNonstop.

The new generation of people turning 50 is all about staying active in a way that doesn’t just keep them busy, but also energized and strong. From taking up new languages, travelling to exotic destinations, taking up dance and yoga to hitting the gym or prepping for a marathon, its go, go go! Age, after all, is just a number and this concept seems truer now, more than ever before.

It seems like it’s a great time to hit 50 and I was extremely curious to know just how some of my friends, who are in their fifties have made changes to their lifestyle. So, I asked around and here’s what I found out –

While in their twenties,  many of them were undecided about where they were headed in terms of their careers, relationships etc.; in their thirties and forties, they got caught up with responsibilities, on personal and professional fronts. But by the time they have reached their fifties, these responsibilities have more or less stabilised. With all their resources, the onset of their fifties is their time for rejuvenation; a time to regroup and revive aspirations and start living life to its fullest potential.

These ‘golden agers’ are now driven more by their intrinsic needs and less by external compulsions. They are taking decisions that will help meet their new personal goals i.e. their unfulfilled dreams.

They again have the time for themselves and now want to do what they couldn’t do what they couldn’t do in the earlier decades due to lack of time and various other responsibilities. They want to ensure that their personal and private goals are achieved. For them, it’s all about how to #LiveNonstop.

Everyone I spoke with fully understood that their bodies are now biologically very different from what they were 20 years back.  What it also seemed to imply was that their bodies needed extra care and attention. Most seemed to understand that paying close attention to their nutrition levels is essential in order to stay strong and healthy.

 

Some facts to keep in mind:-

Body changes after fifty

Starting at the age of 40, the loss of muscle mass begins and affects our strength and energy levels as well. Post 50, the body may not get complete nutrition from the food consumed. The lack of calcium or an inability to absorb it properly can result in the weakening of bones. To fill these nutrition gaps, a balanced diet is absolutely vital to ensure that you’re always healthy and your body is well cared for. Regular exercise is also extremely important.

Ensure that you #Live Nonstop!!

To fill the nutrition gap, you need to have a balanced diet and ensure that you include a source of protein and healthy fats in every meal. Healthy food can help control and lower the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension), osteoporosis, and diabetes.

 

A publication titled ‘Healthy Eating after 50’ by the National Institute on Ageing, recommends some smart food choices that you should incorporate in your diet:

  1. Add fibre to your diet with whole grains. Make sure at least half your diet of grains is made of whole grains.
  2. Increase potassium intake and decreasing sodium (salt) may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.
  3. Include calcium-rich foods such as low-fat dairy products, fortified cereals, fruits, and dark green leafy vegetables. If you want to go with a supplement, be sure to choose one that contains vitamin D.
  4. Include protein from foods such as eggs, fish, beans, and soya; but try to avoid red meat.
  5. Eat only small amounts of solid fats and foods with added sugars. This means that you should limit the intake of chips, cookies, sweets, and sugary beverages.
  6. Drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.
  7. Balance your calorie intake by getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day (or most days) to improve metabolism, strengthen muscles, and lift your energy levels.

Today’s new-age 50-year-olds are all about improving their quality of life. Here are some truly inspiring stories about such individuals, who have no intention of slowing down with age. It is people like these who give me the confidence that when in my fifties, I’m going to do all I can to #LiveNonstop. Well, I think I’m going to start preparing right now; you can too!

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in collaboration with Abbott Healthcare Pvt Ltd, but the views shared in this article are personal.

 

Disclaimer: Any facts used in this post are meant for education purpose only.

 

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    By: Somali K Chakrabarti

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21 thoughts on “Fifty plus and restless: How older Indians are working on unfulfilled dreams

  • April 29, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    It is never too old to start adventuring, learning or doing anything really. Embrace what age you are and live in the moment. Agree with you there has been advancements in science that helps us to live longer today, and more importantly healthier. Being healthy is always easier said than done, but it always starts with a choice and bit by bit. Watching what we eat can be hard sicne there is just so much good food out there 😀 But the healthier I eat, the more I feel empowered to maintain a healthy body and see good food as treats every now and then 🙂

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    • April 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm
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      Well said, Mabel. It is never too late to start doing anything provided one is physically and mentally in good shape. Yes, it is hard to resist the temptation, especially when we see lip smacking things around and many times we feel lazy to exercise too. But as you said it is possible when we make a conscious effort.
      Thank you for sharing your views.:-)

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      • April 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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        ‘lip smacking things’ So well said, Somali. I see them, and I buy and eat them right away. So bad and I hope to cut back on that. Love the new blog look and congrats on moving to our own domain 🙂

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        • April 30, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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          Thank you Mabel. I too have a tough time resisting snacks.😏 Glad to know that you like the new look. 😊

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  • April 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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    Nice post. It is true at least a part of Indian population, middle class and upper middle class, are living longer, living healthier. It is important they can find what to do with their lives in terms of of quality.

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    • April 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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      True, sir. Average life span has increased, so it is important that more and more people remain physically and mentally fit to make effective use of the time in hand in terms of quality.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    An informative post on turning 50, Somali. You rightly said that the age is just a number. You can be 70 years young or 17 years old. Colonel Sanders started the KFC at 65. Well, I couldn’t get reading the post whether you reached 50 or not yet. If the answer is yes, accept my heartiest congratulations,:)

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    • May 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm
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      Hi Ravish…lovely to have you here on the blog. I myself haven’t been very regular either. What you have said about age is so true..much of it is in the mind. However, I would still have to wait for some more years to accept your congratulations. 😊

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  • May 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm
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    Wonderful tips here Somali.. and I can say that for me Life did seem to get better when I reached 50.. And I agree about the muscle mass not being the same.. But that didn’t hit me until ten years later..
    A healthy diet is important as is exercise..

    Loved reading this my friend xxx

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    • May 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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      That coming from you reconfirms the the possibility that life can be better in the fifties, provided we take good care of our health. Thank you, Sue for sharing this wisdom that you’ve gained from your personal experience. 🙂

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  • May 8, 2017 at 12:21 am
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    You are right to say that turning 50 is not a big issue nowadays. Just a couple of weeks ago, I read a post on Renu Vyas’ blog where she stated her own experiences and feelings on hitting the half-century. I absolutely loved that post. Here also, the opinions you;ve stated almost echo the same views and thoughts. I think it’s a kind of empowerment if one knows to use it rightly.

    By the way, you look almost the same in the two pictures, the first one…kichhu bujhte paarchhina 😀 😀

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    • May 8, 2017 at 5:05 am
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      Thank you Maniparna. With increase in life span in general turning fifty doesn’t doesn’t sound like overhill aa long as one is mentally and physically active.
      It’s been quite a long while i haven’t visited Renu’s blog. Will do in near future. Seriously lagging on catching up. Good that you mentioned.
      The 1st pic is by the side of Changu lake in Sikkim in the mid of Dec…so all covered plus it’s a dated pic so not very clear. 2nd aar 3rd er modhye weight onektai bedhe geche 😁 Have to keep a check. 😊

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      • May 8, 2017 at 5:11 am
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        First pic ta ki just after marriage? In that case, aamrao Changu Lake e gechhilam biyer thik porei… 😀 Not a typical honeymoon trip though as we had two other couples with us, our friends and they were newly wedded too… 😀

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  • May 12, 2017 at 5:37 am
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    Somali, I asked my parents to read this post and they were glad they did. 🙂 Thanks for the share.

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    • May 12, 2017 at 5:42 am
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      Hey thank you, Anjana. It really feels good to know that the writing is relevant and adds some value. 🙂

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