PHOTO: Janet Taylor is a thought leader with AARP’s Life Reimagined. She says there’s more than enough time for older adults to do what they desire, if they make the most of it. Photo credit: AARP
As the state’s population continues to age, a growing number of Tennesseans are realizing there’s much life to be lived after navigating adulthood and the traditional career path. Consumer health expert Janet Taylor explains there has been a steady shift over the years, as more people are determined to seek out meaningful life changes in their older years, from career to health to relationships. “In fact, the sentiment is that at 50-plus, 60-plus, 70-plus, we’re not done yet in terms of realizing our passion and our purpose, and how to incorporate more of that into our daily lives,” Taylor says. To help those seeking changes spark some ideas about what they want to accomplish and how to do it, Taylor will be joined by Dr. Bill Thomas this Wednesday for a performance in Memphis as part of what’s called the Second Wind Tour. Taylor says the production is free to attend and uses a unique blend of theater, video and music to challenge the conventional narrative of decline in midlife and beyond. “And you can come and get information and inspiration. There’s music. There’s a movie. It’s nonfiction theater, but really meant to inspire you,” she explains. Wednesday’s performance in Memphis is just one of many events connected to the AARP program known as http://lifereimagined.aarp.orgLife Reimagined. Taylor describes it as a sort of personalized guidance system, including online tools, to help people dust off their dreams. “As we get older, people start looking and saying, ‘You know, I have less time in front of me than behind me,’ but the reality is there’s more than enough time left to do what you want to do, as long as you make the most of it,” she says. “Life Reimagined helps you make the most of the time that you have left.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the aging of the baby boomer generation means the nation’s 65-and-older population will nearly double by the year 2050. More information is available at http://lifereimagined.aarp.org and at http://secondwindtour.org.