Why this blog?  I wanted to keep a record of my personal and professional transition from mid age to old age, Well, let’s face it. Even if we don’t like the term “old age” we’re all aging and my friends and colleagues are becoming the new generation of seniors.  What does that mean? How does that feel? I explore many of these thoughts and feelings in a creative community. You can join us – virtually!

The end of midlife marks the beginning of what is known as “the Third Age”. Third Age is an emerging concept made possible by our longer life expectancy that allows for a perceived life bonus of an identified active and healthy “life stage” of 30 years. This was not recognized or documented by previous generations. The Third Age is now viewed as an important developmental period after mid-life that can significantly add to a life well-lived if regarded as an important stage of adult growth and development. It is recognized by the World Health Organization in the Life Course Approach to Health.

With traditional lines blurring and with an extended period of healthy active years after mid-life, work may or may not play an important role during these years..

During my transition, I’ll encounter some or most of the complexities involved with the changing nature of employment, family, community and social relationships. This blog provides me with an opportunity to think out loud and reflect on my own ideas as weeks and months go by. A number of my friends and colleagues are going through a similar transition. We see this as a process that extends over time and we’re currently exploring ideas and options together.

Creative Age Art Studio

My life lab is the Creative Age Art Studio (Middlesex Centre Ontario Canada) I organize transformative learning experiences for personal and professional growth in a group setting. Programs, activities and events are currently being developed for adults 50+.

With millions of baby boomers entering their third act of life, creative aging has grown into a full-scale movement designed to provide opportunities for meaningful creative expression through visual, literary, and performing arts workshops. Pat Spadafora, former Director of the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, observes that we are “freeing ourselves of limiting beliefs about aging and embracing the reality that individuals continue to grow, learn, and contribute to their communities throughout the life journey.”

Kathy Smith

London Ontario Canada