Aging Gracefully TV’s 2-Year Anniversary
Aging Gracefully TV (AGTV) began in October 2017 with Pat Heinke as my first guest. This past week was the two-year anniversary of the first episode!
THANK YOU to everyone for your encouragement to continue! I continue to strive to find the most interesting and informative content that would be relevant to anyone seeking a long healthy life without regrets!
How Did AGTV Begin?
It all began with Pat Heinke, who was 85 when I interviewed her in 2017. I had only known her for a couple of months as one of my Strength & Balance students. Nonetheless, I was incredibly impressed and inspired by the way she drove herself to continual learning, activities, and giving of herself to help others.
Pat became the initial driving motivation for the Aging Gracefully TV show. I believe that people like Pat need to be seen as guiding examples for our own health and longevity.
Our interview was 50 minutes long but I condensed it to 12 minutes so everyone can find the time to appreciate the nuggets of wisdom.
Value in Older Adults
I see such tremendous VALUE in the lives and experiences of older adults. Therefore, I’m determined to influence and change the cultural misconceptions of aging.
What happens to us between 45 years and 100 or more? Our older friends offer us a roadmap to a long life of success.
Longevity is NOT the Big Goal
A bigger picture includes a fullness of life and an unstoppable personal sense of self-value. Feelings of high worth come from activities – at any level or ability – that make other people feel good.
After all these interviews, my biggest takeaway: We must consistently think beyond ourselves to feel continual happiness.
Self-Care is Vitally Important
That is not to say that we shouldn’t put ourselves first. The love of self contributes to what we offer to others.
Loving ourselves and others is intertwined and inseparable as we are aging gracefully.
What is Pat Heinke Doing at 87 Years?
Pat Heinke, at 87, maintains most of the same activities as at the time of her interview. She rarely misses attending two Strength & Balance classes each week. She continues to teach Tai Chi (22 years now) three times per week at a local Unity Spiritual Center without accepting payment. She has exchanged instruments from the heavy cello to the smaller viola and she continues to play in free concerts. She is a GEM of a friend.
This article is written by Kathryn Eyring
Please share your thoughts in the comment box below…
Do you take enough time to take good care of yourself?
Are you challenging yourself to think of others on a regular basis?
Can YOU find something from this interview that could be applicable in your own life?
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