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Life After 50 and Beyond—How to Reinvent Yourself At Fifty Plus

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Rediscover Yourself, at 50 Years of Age

Cheers to 50 years of age

Cheers to 50 years of age

50 years:

“Here’s a time when you have to separate yourself from what other people expect of you, and do what you love. Because if you find yourself 50 years old and you aren’t doing what you love, then what’s the point?”

—-Jim Carey

Life at 50 and Beyond

So, you recently celebrated your fiftieth Birthday, or going to celebrate soon?

Are you happy and excited or scared about it?

  • Well, age is just a number they say, but I think, 50 is an age, when you need to reinvent yourself. In fact, this is the age, when you should replan your life and your priorities, according to the changed needs of your mind and body.
  • By the age of 50, generally men and women are well settled in life, whether it is their children's education or career, their marriage, their own house or job. It is around this age, that they may safely think about their, 'Second Innings.‘
  • How to remain productively engaged, since they are on the verge of retirement too?
  • It is wise to think of the Health security, at this age, as you are not getting any younger, and even after taking all the precautions, some health issues may crop up.
  • If you are getting Pension from your workplace after retirement, well and fine. If not, you must think of some other Pension Plans, as it‘s a well known fact, how expensive, the Medical Bills can be.
  • There are plenty of medical insurance or health insurance schemes, to choose from. You can find them by searching through the Internet too. Make sure, to find a suitable one, from a reliable source.
Life begins at 50.

Life begins at 50.

50 plus: Embrace Your Age Gracefully

Some two to three decades back, fifty was considered to be an old age.

Not anymore--Times have changed, and for the better.

Now people over 50 years of age, feel rather relaxed that most of their responsibilities, as a parent are over. By this age, they have also earned enough money for themselves, to live life comfortably. They 'Reinvent' themselves, to make the rest of their life, enjoyable and comfortable.

Rules of Healthy Living, After 50 Years of age:

When you reach 50 years of age, you have to take care of your health, even more than before.

The major killer today is the modern lifestyle.

  • High levels of stress,
  • Sedentary lifestyle,
  • High levels of Obesity etc. which lead to diseases, such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid and other chronic diseases.

The solution is to improve and modify the lifestyle, and follow the simple rules of good health.


1. Annual Medical Health Check up:

It‘s important to have an annual health check up. This will help you to identify, your

current health status, and if any ailments are detected early, they can be controlled or treated easily.

If however, they are not diagnosed, the problems may aggravate, beyond control.

Even if you do not have any symptom of a disease, it is still wiser to get your annual health check up done.

2. Moderate and Regular Exercises/ Yoga/ Walking:

A fit and healthy body can ensure prevention from various diseases. Your daily exercise routine, should be according to your age, and your body’s capacity.

Remember, You have crossed 50 years, therefore do not try to overdo it.

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An hour, or so of walking, jogging, stamina building up exercises, are good enough to strengthen your heart and lungs.

Some kind of flexibility exercises for joints, is a must at the age over 50.

Yogic exercises are the most suitable for that. You can learn Yoga, by a qualified professional, because there is a correct way of doing it, especially as far as the breathing pattern is concerned.

Laughter Yoga for seniors, source: You tube

50 is the new 40

50 is the new 40

Reinvent and Rediscover yourself, when you reach 50 years, and beyond

3. Eat the Right Food:

Right food, in the right quantity, and at the right time, is the general rule of good health.

Too much of sugar is associated with Diabetes.

Too much salt is associated with high blood pressure.

Too much fatty food is associated with heart ailments.

A high fibre diet, consisting of vegetables and fruits, proves as a protective shield, against many ailments.

Having a balanced diet, composed of whole grains, lentils, white meat, low fat dairy products etc. is the right thing to do at this age.

A healthy breakfast, moderate lunch and a light dinner is a good option.

4. Meditation and Stress Management:

While physical activity is important for good health, mental relaxation is equally important. Mental tension and stress, causes psychosomatic issues, such as insomnia, asthma, ulcers, hypertension etc.

Stress can be caused due to personal problems, workplace issues or even related to personality. Stress can be managed with a change in attitude, behavioural changes, and it has to be practised, with sincere and continuous effort.

Exercises help you to burn stress hormones, and Meditation and Relaxation helps to create a calm and focused frame of mind.

5. Taking The Time Out, For Hobbies:

The options are abundant. One must develop new hobbies, or pursue the old ones. Music, Painting, Craft are great stress busters.

Talking about myself—Besides reading a lot, and writing a lot, I enjoy gardening, taking pictures, and Mother Nature is my greatest source of inspiration.

Take care of your aging parents, and help your grandchildren, in their studies or play. Teaching the underprivileged children is a good idea, and gives immense satisfaction.

Try to join some active local social welfare groups, and help them with your rich experiences of life.

How to find happiness after fifty , source: YouTube

Party ideas for 50th Birthday, source: You tube

The Positives at the age 50

  • When you are younger, you are not very sure about, What to do, and how to do it. At the age of 50 plus, and beyond, one can be more mature in the thoughts and behaviour.
  • It would not be too much to say, that you become a lot more happier and relaxed. Now is the time, to think about your own self, and take good care of your health.
  • As you cross the golden age of 50, you can expect 25 to 30 more years of productive living, if you reinvent yourself, in the manner mentioned above.
  • Now you have reached an age, when you do not get upset about every small matter, and you start accepting things, as part of your life.
  • You develop an attitude of, 'Forget and Forgive’, and that’s very important. It’s no use, thinking about the unpleasant past, if any. And this attitude develops, by the time you reach 50. By the time, you hit 50, you don’t really bother about, what people expect from you, neither you expect much from them.
  • This is the age, when you always want to feel positive, and want to avoid negative thoughts, and negative people. You just want to be happy and spread happiness.
  • You want to be surrounded by people with positive thoughts. Life is too precious, to be wasted by negativity.
  • Spread your wings, do satisfy your creative self, learn, laugh, and make others laugh, contribute to make others life, a little better, and in the process, your own will be good.

Yoga for 50 years old, Source: YouTube

Further Suggested Readings:

1. Preventive Healthcare at 50 years of age, via webmd

2. Healthy living for women at 50 years of age, via Women’s health

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Have you crossed fifty? If so, what major changes have you made to your life, if any. Please share your valuable opinion in the Comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2017:

Thank You Sukhdev Ji for your insightful comments and you say it with experience!

Even I have crossed fifty long time back and I think our thinking and our approach towards life also changes as we age. It becomes easier to let go and forgive others. We become more positive, smile more and worry less.

Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts here. I have certainly learnt more from your feedback! Thank You!

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on June 07, 2017:

Chitrangada, I crossed this landmark two decades back. Life had been so busy for me that I did not even notice it. My hectic schedules and countrywide travelling did not leave any space for me to think about it. But certainly at 55 mark I started realising the need to care more about myself and my family. In another year and a half I decided to hang up my boots at the peak of my career. It might have surprised many, but time has proved that it helped me to reinvent myself and devote more time to my family. My life style and achievements of my family after that bear testimony to the merits of this realisation.

I enjoyed your Hub thoroughly.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 03, 2017:

Thank you Amelia for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

Glad you liked it!

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on June 03, 2017:

Nice hub with helpful tips and reminders, well done!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2016:

Thank you Jodah, for reading and commenting on this hub!

I agree with you -- Our view towards life , changes to a great extent after reaching the crucial age of 50. We really start living life in a relaxed way and do not worry much about every small matter around us.

Thank you so much for your valuable feedback!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 30, 2016:

A wonderful hub, Chitrangada. My life certainly changed around 50 for a number of reasons. Life is probably happier now and more satisfying in many ways.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 24, 2016:

Thank you beta! @Aditya Sharan

Aditya Sharan on January 24, 2016:

Well written Maa !!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 27, 2015:

Thank you Dianna, for reading and commenting on this hub!

I am glad to learn that you found this hub inspiring. I also get my inspiration and positive thoughts by friends like you.

Thank you so much for your positive feedback!

Dianna Mendez on September 24, 2015:

I did reinvent myself in my late fifties. I changed my diet, increased my workouts and developed a positive attitude and faith. Your post is inspiring and great advice for those who fear aging.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 21, 2014:

Thanks Harishprasad, for reading this hub and finding this useful!

I agree with your views, that we come to appreciate life more as we age.

Thanks for your insightful comments!

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 21, 2014:

ChitrangdaSharan, I myself have crossed this threshold and fully agree with you that our outlook becomes more mature and balanced at this age. One change I find in myself is that now life means more to me and it is enjoyable and appreciable in more than one way.Thanks for such a useful stuff.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2014:

Thanks Denise Handlon, for reading this hub and your wonderful comments!

I am so glad that you liked the effort. Thanks for voting up!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 15, 2014:

What a colorful and very useful hub, Chitrangada! I enjoyed reading your points and noting: "Did that, did that"... I loved the brightly colored pictures that were arranged to attract the eye. Rated up/A/U and I

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 03, 2013:

Thanks Lastheart, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

I am so glad you found it to be useful.

Have a good day!

Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord on December 02, 2013:

ChitrangadaSharan this is a complete profile for the 1/2 century age, and the rest if they get to it. I am in my 55 now and this is all very true. Thanks for the advice.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 09, 2013:

Thanks Minnetonka Twin, for reading this hub and your appreciative and insightful comments!

You said it right--Age is just a number---! I have also crossed fifty and I feel a sense of achievement, which I did not feel before. When I look back at my contribution towards my family, the society and indirectly to my country as well, it gives me a sense of satisfaction. Now the desire to give back to the society whatever little experience I have is more pronounced than ever.

Thanks again for your visit and support!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on November 08, 2013:

Excellent article with great/helpful tips. I still can't believe I turned fifty this year because in many ways I still feel like a kid. I find that at fifty I am less worried about the little things, less worried about what people think of me and am much more confident. I also agree with Billy Buc - I feel more open to my creativity. Life is awesome at fifty and I want to let people know it's nothing to be scared of. Age is just a number-Live life to the fullest!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 05, 2013:

Hi Leena!

Glad to see you! Thanks for reading this hub and your insightful comments! Thanks again for voting up and sharing!

Leena from new delhi on October 04, 2013:

As we mature, there is a better understanding and acceptance of life...great hub

voted and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 11, 2013:

Hi Kathryn!

I am so pleased to see you here! Thanks for reading the hub and your appreciative comments. I am glad you found the article useful and interesting.

Have a good day!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on September 10, 2013:

I'm a ways away from 50, but this is very interesting. I am a fan of reinvention, and that age is a great time to do it!

Thanks for sharing this useful article with us. I will keep these things in mind. Have a great day!

~ Kathryn

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 10, 2013:

Hi Suzette!

So nice to see you here! I agree with you that after 50, our priorities change and we are more assertive and sure of ourselves.

Thanks for visiting and appreciating!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 09, 2013:

Great hub! I liked turning 50. Everything you say in this hub is true. At 50, we have finally figured out a few things about life, and it is true, our priorities change. Well done and well written!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 02, 2013:

Hi CharronsChatter!

So glad to see you here!

You are so right in saying that this is the age, when you are sure of yourself, your principles and your talents.

Thanks for reading the article and your positive comments!

Karen Robiscoe from California on September 02, 2013:

Well, as a person in their late 40's, I can relate to this article. Yes! No time like today to reinvent yourself. I have never been more sure of my talents, my choices, and my principles. In my 20's, I could not say this at all. Great article, Chitrangada. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2013:

Thanks MarleneB, for reading and commenting!

So nice to see you here. I am glad that you found the recommendations useful. I agree eating right as we reach our fifties is an important issue, to maintain good health.

Thanks for voting up!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 23, 2013:

I'm 58 years old now and all of your points are perfect recommendations for people in their fifties. My biggest struggle was learning how to eat right. Gave your hub a thumbs up and more!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 16, 2013:

Thanks pagesvoice, for reading the hub! I am honored by your appreciation and insightful comments.

I completely agree with your views, especially your last two lines.

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. I feel inspired and motivated.

Have a good day!

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on July 16, 2013:

This article was filled with little gems of wisdom. I remember starting my career as a young man and the company giving me my future retirement date. I thought to myself, "Who could possibly live that long?" Well, one week ago I received my first retirement check and I grinned from ear to ear that I finally made it.

My 50th birthday happened 12 years ago and I believe I have more energy and stamina now than I did back then.

As you pointed out, when we are younger our time and energy are focused on career, children, housing and family. Then, slowly and methodically our life priorities change. Things that once were monumental are now mere blinks of an eye. I tell anyone and everyone who will listen to me to not sweat the small stuff because when we are on our death beds, it is all small stuff.

Voted up and +++

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 14, 2013:

Hi Seeker7! So nice to see you again. I completely agree with your views and feel much the same way. As you age, you become much more confident and your thought process much more mature.

Thanks for your insightful comments!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on July 12, 2013:

A very interesting hub! I turned 51 at the beginning of this year and one of the things that I have noticed is that you don't worry about what people think of you. When younger, what people think of you seems to play such a big part in our lives. But since getting older I'm much more confident with myself and just don't get worried about others opinions. This gives a lot of freedom to do all the things that you wanted to.

So turning 50 can be a very positive experinece indeed! Great hub + voted up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Thanks thumbi7, for your visit and comments!

You are right, people are more health conscious today than they were earlier and do take all precautions to make their life after retirement as comfortable as they can.

Thanks again!

JR Krishna from India on July 10, 2013:

Very interesting hub.

Now a days people even at their sixties are health conscious, body conscious and enjoy life by doing things they like.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Thanks Thelma Alberts, for your visit and appreciation. It's a pleasure to know that you are following the golden rules after reaching the golden age.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Thanks Brett.Tesol, for reading the hub and your positive comments.

You are right, as we age, our maturity level also increases.

Thanks again for sharing, pinning and tweeting!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 10, 2013:

I have reached that age and I have reinvented myself since then. I have always said that it´s only a matter of numbers, but I do things that keep my mind and body fit. I enjoyed life more than before.

Thanks for sharing this very informative and useful hub. Voted up and shared.

Brett C from Asia on July 10, 2013:

I am not there yet, but already agree that as you age, you comfort levels increase as you know yourself a lot better. This is full of useful information!

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2013:

Thanks Aditya dear!

I agree with your views---thanks for commenting!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2013:

Thanks TIMETRAVELER2, for your visit and support!

I hope you are doing well now and by God's grace recovering from your recent health issues. I am really concerned and wish you speedy recovery.

You are an inspiration to us.

I truly appreciate your reading the hub and appreciative comments.

Have a good day!

adit23 on July 03, 2013:

Really well said..but I think we need to keep re inventing ourselves nowadays..though the tips are for the age of 50 but I feel they can be applied at any age.

Sondra Rochelle from USA on July 02, 2013:

I liked the comparison to "second innings" that you mention in this nice article. I left 50 behind 20 years ago, but you are spot on with your advice.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2013:

Thanks rajan, for reading the hub and your words of appreciation.

I simply wrote, what all is going on in my mind in actual life. I am glad if you got the message and found it to be useful.

Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2013:

Thanks rebeccamealey, for visiting and commenting!

I agree with you that as we get older, we become wiser and more practical.

I am glad you liked the hub.


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2013:

Thanks Christine (Gypsy48), for stopping by and your comments!

Your useful advice is a motivation for everyone, who crossed the age recently.

Many thanks for voting up. Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2013:

Hi Suzanne!

Thanks for reading this hub and your positive feedback. Nice to know about your Dad and he is doing everything perfectly at his age. I feel inspired.

I believe one should always be young at heart, always eager to learn more.

Thanks for your kind words and share!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2013:

Fantastic hub, Chitrangada. You have made it so easy to understand, how to go about reinventing oneself after 50, in a simple yet effective style.

Voted up, useful interesting and shared.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 01, 2013:

Very good advice! I think as the age span increases we have a good chance to be wise and wonderful.

Gypsy48 on July 01, 2013:

Informative and motivating hub. I am way past fifty and found that some type of daily exercise is beneficial, walking and yoga are what keep me going. Voted up and useful.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on July 01, 2013:

Hi Chitrangada,

Absolutely life after 50 although I am not there yet I am very close and my perspective on life and what is truly important has changed even in the last few years. I see my dad at 73 as active as he always was socially and going to sports, still plays golf, and in fact has the best social life out of all his kids! He also looks after himself the best getting check ups, treatments when needed and eats right. In a nutshell he enjoys life to the max. Thanks for a useful hub with a good message. Up, +++ shared!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2013:

Thanks mylindaelliott, for reading this hub and your kind comments!

After 50, it is definitely interesting and enjoyable-----Go on reinvent yourself!

You have all my best wishes!

Have a nice day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2013:

Thanks billybuc, for reading this hub and your valuable comments. I feel honored with your support.

I agree, as we grow older, we become more mature, creative and start understanding Life, in its true sense.

I truly appreciate, how you encourage others with your words of wisdom.

Thanks and have a good day!

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on June 29, 2013:

After 50 has definitely been interesting. I'm still working on the re-inventing thing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2013:

I reinvented myself at sixty, so fifty is definitely doable. I love my life. Sure, my body is not able to do many of the things it once did, but I am much more creative today than I was twenty years ago, and I have a greater appreciation of life. All in all I love my age. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2013:

Thanks SANJAYJI, for your visit and comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2013:

Thanks denise.w.anderson, for sharing your experience!

You are right, women have to deal with their bodily changes and tackle menopause related issues as well. I have also gone through all the emotional and physical changes which most women have to undergo.

Thanks for your insightful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2013:

Thanks Devika, for reading the hub and your valuable comments! I wouldn't have written this hub, had it not been my personal experience. Yes, I crossed that age.

Thanks for your support!

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on June 27, 2013:

Nice hub.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 27, 2013:

Things changed in my life when I turned 50, just like you are saying here. My perspectives changed, and the way I felt about life. Now that I am crossing over 55, I can feel my body changing, and I am having to adopt different health habits to keep weight constant and be physically fit. It is a journey that is just beginning!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 27, 2013:

An informative and thoughtful hub about the age fifty, you know what you are talking about here. A number for how one feels is most important but with an active lifestyle and a proper eating plan one can live fit and healthy.

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