A reader who attended our recent International Investing Made EZ seminar in North Carolina (and went golfing with Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank) shared some valuable information that confirms what we have been sharing about the benefits of wellness revolution.
"Beat the banker", that's probably the best name for a golf tournament I've
ever heard. Who wouldn't want to do that?I am attaching an article from
Futurist Magazine on holistic aging. The author explains how he thinks this
will change the entire society. Whenever you can get someone from a
completely different background coming to the same conclusions, I think
that is a confirmation of the direction of your thinking.
THE FUTURIST September-October 2003
The Holistic Future of Aging. By Aviv Shahar
Baby boomers will put a new, active, empowered face on aging.
Throughout history, "elders" have been revered for their wisdom,
accomplishments, and ability to endure. Today, the West seems blind to the
beauty and significance of old age. Youth is worshipped, billions are spent
in the effort to deny aging, and challenges abound for seniors who are in,
or trying to reenter, the workforce. But as the baby boomers move into the
golden years, the governing value system will shift and be redefined from
Just a few generations back, reaching the senior years was a rarity. Thus,
old age as a mass phenomenon is comparatively new. In the United States,
the newly expanding demographic is so far being met with economic
responses: How do we profit from the expanding demographic? And how do we
absorb the economic strains it creates?
Of course, seniors often come out ahead economically, with senior citizens'
discounts, insurance packages, and vacation deals. However, these
"benefits" do not encompass the larger picture of societal, psychological,
emotional, developmental, and spiritual needs.
Aging boomers will push for change in these areas, challenging the business
arena and social services to examine how seniors can make a difference by
bringing society a broader value reference and experience. And boomers will
likely bring about new services that support continued "whole person
development" in the golden years.
Further, the confluence of the demographic shift with various medical and
holistic trends and breakthroughs may change what it means and how it
feelsto be "old." A few of these breakthroughs are already filtering
through to the mainstream:
New understandings about the functionality of the aging brain what keeps it
vital will emerge with in-depth exploration of circuitry reinvigoration,
mind enliveners, and the importance of physical, emotional, and social
New confirmations and developments in the mindbody connection will bring
greater acceptance of and authority to alternative and holistic methodologies.
New models of multigenerational communities will be established where
seniors will get involved, interact, and assist with the whole gamut of
societal needs, including early childhood development. In essence, the
suburban model of isolated living will be challenged by more-communal,
A wider understanding of the process of grief, death, and dying will bring
fuller value and appreciation for aging with dignity.
Western society will increasingly embrace belief systems that give credence
to life after death. Alongside a growing interest in near-death
experiences, Eastern traditions, and psychics, there will be new scientific
attempts to quantify the continuance of life and the nature of existence in
a different realm.
Far from being removed from the generative epicenter of society, the "vital
aged" will open new considerations of life before death. As more older
people choose to delay retirement (or cannot afford to retire), they will
refuse to be classified as "out of the game" or as a prob1cm that society
needs to solve. They will bring the "golden" experience back into the
evolving dynamic of cultural metamorphosis.
Aviv Shahar is president of Amber Network, a leadership training organization that specializes in whole person development. His address is P.O. Box 1125, Woodville, Washington 98072. Telephone 1-425-41 5-61 55; Web site http://www.ambercoaching.com/; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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