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Monica Majithia
15 Sep 2017 . 5 min read

Get More From Life After 60!


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Every time we start a new project, we always ask ourselves the same question: What can we do better and different?" - Ricardo Guadalupe

 

Life over 60 is like a new project. It is full of possibilities to stay engaged - pushing forward, scaling back, seeking a more meaningful path, starting afresh and even going back to the old! There is a hint of challenge looming ahead, the frisson of apprehension and the realization that we need to tackle life with  passion and enthusiasm. We spoke earlier of how to get started on second chance careers - Click here to read about it.

 

We also shared a list of resources for second chance careers - Options For Second Chance Careers

 

Often, we like what we read and if inspired we decide to act on it. But we still don’t know how and where to get started. Here now is the final push on taking that second chance, owning it and building a new life that is meaningful and creates value.

Raman reached out to us a few days ago. His mother had retired 15 years ago and was not very computer savvy. They had recently shifted to another city and his mother felt bereft, when he and his wife left for work as they were out for most part of the day. He wanted to know if we could suggest some resources for her.

 

Here is what we found and what you can do to keep yourself occupied:

 

Become Computer Savvy

These are online sites where you can get started and learn as well as brush up your computer skills.
Try Out - Learn Basic Internet Skills | Internet Simplified

 

Online Forums & Chat Rooms For Seniors

You can connect to like minded folks, exchange notes, ideas and stories. These are like senior citizen clubs in the comfort of your home. A great resource for those who cannot be up and about.
Try Out - Senior Forum | Senior Mag | Seniors Only


Add To Your Skills

This is for those who want to do more than just chat and connect online. Learning is a never ending process and the internet is a large classroom.
Try Out - Karmayog Organization | 50 Plus Voyagers| Indiamart Hobby Clubs | Senior Citizens Distance Learning Course


Hone Your Creative Skills

Products, Services Engagement - Senior World

Instrumental Music - India Parenting

Art Classes - Key Art Classes

Dance Classes - Sangeet Vidhalaya

Photography Workshops - Nikon School

Gardening - Agri Horticulture India , Kitchen Garden

 

Information on Finances, Legal Matters & Support Groups

You may need a support structure and it is perfectly all right to reach out for help. Becoming a member of your local neighbourhood Senior Citizens club or RWA is always a good idea as you can reach out to a readily accessible like minded support group.

Try Out - Helpage India | Dignity Foundation | AISCCON Org | Ashvasan Foundation | IGNOUSenior Citizen Associations | Hindustan Times | Legal Aid

 

60 and beyond can be the most fruitful time of our lives, if we take the effort to make it so. Using our experience and continuing the upward learning graph can lead to productive ageing. A richer and more engaged a life is not only fulfilling, it also evokes respect and shows others the way forward. At the end of the day it helps us contribute towards building mentally stronger and more diverse communities.

 

What do you think about our tips? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Monica Majithia
A Life Coach , Psychologist and trained Counselor specializing in Educational and Vocational Counselling. A UGC certified lecturer ,I have researched on gender studies, taught post graduate students and published research articles on women's careers during my Fellowship.I am an active member of an NGO called Bharat Soka Gakkai working in the field of peace ,culture and education .Growth ,Communication and Interaction keep me going and I love to see women work their magic.

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