March 25, 2015 

Living well in the "second half "of our life is a critical challenge! Every day more than 12,500 Americans turn 50. The focus is no longer on raising children and, for many, there are years until retirement.  How do we thrive in the midst of the physical, psychological and environmental changes that accompany aging?  After years of pushing aside personal interests to raise a family, it may be hard to figure out a path for meaning in the second half.

Change is an Opportunity!

During the 20's, 30's and 40's, many are busy raising families, developing careers and establishing community. There is a strong focus on growth. However, as we age we have to adapt to multiple transitions and loss: hormonal and metabolic changes in our bodies; re-assessments of career paths and opportunities; children leaving for college and careers; parents aging; and our own medical conditions. Our limitations and mortality may become very present. Negotiate these changes by recommitting to your growth in the second half!

Are You Aware That:
  • People aged 50 and older represent 45% of the U.S. population.
  • they are the most powerful consumers in the marketplace
  • they are more health conscious than younger citizens
  • Exercise improves mood and is one of the few interventions that can enhance physiologic capacity after it has been lost.  
  • it improves immune function, heart health, blood pressure, bone density and digestive functioning  
  • it lowers the risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and colon cancer
  • People who volunteer have a more positive outlook on life. 
  • Take Action and Get Positive Results 

    The second half of life presents us with the opportunity to develop enhanced meaning in our lives. People who live their lives with purpose, using their wisdom to make a difference on the concerns that matter to them, experience increased confidence and self-report as aging successfully. Create community. Reconnect with old friends and meet up with new ones; evidence shows that social connections are important for emotional and physical health. Have fun and live your life to its fullest. With the average life expectancy at 80, we have many years to experiment and enjoy the world we live in. If you find yourself unable to move forward, seek help. 


    At Core Counseling, you can pursue Mind-Body Wellness through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and other therapeutic techniques. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call me at Core Counseling, LLC: 201.875.5699. Experience a comfortable, private and confidential environment with an atmosphere of encouragement, optimism and compassion.


    Together we can find solutions to your core issues. "Grow old with me. The best is yet to be." Robert Browning: "Rabbi Ben Ezra" in  Dramatis Personae (1864 ).

    In Health,

    Lisa Fedder, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
    560 Sylvan Avenue                     108 Baker Street
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ  07632       Maplewood, NJ  07040
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