Who is Barbara Morris?
Barbara Morris is a pharmacist, writer, and ageless activist for mature women, advocating balanced non-traditional lifelong growth and productivity.
She firmly believes prevailing attitudes about aging and old people as well as out-of-date traditions and consensus thinking about the retired lifestyle contribute to what is considered age related decline. The reality is that age and decline are not necessarily synonymous.
It is also a reality that youth is free; but keeping youthful attributes takes planning, effort, and determination. It can be done!
Our human nature prefers leisure over effort but we are not made for leisure. If we don't continuously use our faculties, little by little they become compromised and/or disappear and blame is placed on "getting old." The challenge for mature women is to take charge of their aging process early in life to avoid the "getting old" decline that robs them of vitality, dignity, and independence at a time when those attributes are vitally needed for a satisfying, fulfilling life.
It is critically important to understand this: Older women are"mature"; they should not refer to themselves as "seniors" "old broads" or allow others to demean them in any way with words that disrespect or disparage their stage of aging. Words DO influence thinking, attitudes and behavior. Words, spoken or unspoken, that you use to describe yourself have the power to build you up, tear you down, and change for better or worse your perception of your value and competence.
Barbara Morris publishes the monthly online anti-aging Put Old on Hold Journal. She is the author of six books, The New Put Old on Hold, No More Little Old Ladies, I Don't Wanna Be My Mother, I'm Not Goin' There, The Expert's Guide To Strut Your Stuff. Her latest is The NEW Put Old on Hold. All available on Amazon
She lives in Southern California with daughter Pat, son-in-law Bob and Sammy -- the most adorable Corgi there is.
New Stages of Aging for Mature Women:
First Midlife: 40-60
Second Midlife: 60-80
Elderly: 90 and above
Old-old: 2-3 years to live
by Helen Harkness, Ph.D.