WHO & WHAT IS A SUPERAGER?
Who Is / what is a SuperAger
BY: Stuart Bold
Who is a SuperAger?
The answer is – anyone who wants to be! We all deserve to be a SuperAger. You are all SuperAgers in waiting – unless of course, you are already living a SuperAger life.
These are the things that I believe define a SuperAger and a SuperAger life – for me, a SuperAger is a person of any age who pro-actively chooses to optimise the combination of:
- Physical & mental health
- Longevity & life-span
- Healthspan – the length of years we live a healthy life, especially in later life
- Quality & value of life
- Attitude & inspiration
SuperAgers are those who choose to actively integrate the knowledge, learning, skills and techniques proven to drive a life of healthy and happy longevity. They are also the ones that bring all of this together in order to optimise the full value of their life; to live a life as fully, happily and well as is possible.
A SuperAger is also someone who moves forwards, through an entirely natural process of ageing, with grace, optimism, enthusiasm and excitement. It is someone who finds the maximum value in whichever age they are; who honours the process, whilst reasonably taking full advantage of the ever-increasing ability to live longer, younger and in greater health.
The word ‘SuperAger’, as I use it, had its genesis out of a conversation with my wife, Teena, whilst sitting on a beach in Cornwall on my 50th birthday. We were discussing how I personally still felt no more than 30 years old (a mere ‘spring chicken’) and how my general love of life and also activities like skydiving, horse-riding, travel, scuba diving, skiing etc. was in no way diminishing. This brought the wry response from Teena that I was a James Bond wannabe, a 50+ wannabe Superman and an ‘Ageless Ager’. This line of conversation, over a course of a few glasses of wine, migrated to the word ‘SuperAger’, which resonated with us and then stuck. It resonated so much that it started to become an ever-stronger definition and focus of my thoughts.
Later on, as I was starting to develop the SuperAger World platform, I saw that another definition of ‘Super-Ager’ was given by neurologist Marsel Mesulam – he defined it as someone who is at least 80 years old and who demonstrates memory, and the related brain qualities and abilities, of someone 30-50 years younger.
For me, to be a SuperAger goes far beyond that. For a start, as was the starting point of the conversation between Teena and I on the Cornish beach, a SuperAger is not restricted to a certain age category, such as 80+. I personally do not choose to be defined by a mere number – for some, the age of 50 appears to be some sort of defining age, a threshold and for many, for various reasons, this threshold is approached with less than positivity. A SuperAger is someone who doesn’t see just a chronological, age-based-number; they are someone who recognises it, in a positive way, as a marker (to be celebrated), of the journey so far.
I have a strong personal connection to the description of SuperAger (as I define it) because it transcends age and numbers and is an intentional description of a mind-set, an attitude and a way of being. A SuperAger is a person who combines the qualities and attitude of a full value life: one lived well & fully now, every day and every day to come. Those who have an eye to maximising those days and the quality of those days. As a variation on a wonderful saying “Don’t just add years to your life – also add life to your years” – it is all achievable.