When Are You a Senior Citizen?

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor.

Dr. Mimi Secor is a Nurse Practitioner from the Boston area. She has been specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years now and is a national speaker and consultant. Dr. Mimi is also a fitness and health advocate, is passionate about helping women to lose weight and feel great, and is the author of her newest book, Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating nutrition, exercise, and mindset habits for busy women!

Read about Dr. Mimi’s journey into her golden years as well as discover practical tips from last week’s US News & World Report.

What Dr. Secor Can Say in an Interview on
Reaching the Senior Citizen Milestone:

When does one hit the classic milestone of becoming a senior citizen? A thought-provoking question, for sure—and not at all straightforward for me to answer. This is because at the age of 59 I took on the challenge of pursuing my doctorate (while most of my friends were preparing for retirement) and at the same time, I decided to become healthy and fit.

As a nurse practitioner for the past almost five decades, I wanted to finally learn how to walk my talk as a healthy role model. I’d always felt a little hypocritical. Do as I say not as I do was my adage. I maintained a pretty healthy lifestyle when my stress was low, but when I became stressed out, the wheels on my “self-care wagon” would fall off and I’d crash and burn.

Turning the Corner for a
Healthier Lifestyle

So, I began to confront my life-long unhealthy habits. I developed healthier ways to cope with stress and I adopted healthier habits in general. When I graduated at age 61, I had lost 30 pounds, including 12 inches from my waist. In addition, I learned a host of new healthy habits that continue to the present. I learned the importance of ramping up my self-care as my stress levels rise. I am now 66 and have never felt better.

I’m healthy (despite pre-diabetes and a family history of various diseases), have very few aches and pains, am happier, sleep better, have a more positive mindset, and have enhanced relations with my family and friends (despite the pandemic).

Societal Benchmarks

Society makes it very clear when we become senior citizens. Reaching age 60 is dreaded by most women. This dread only deepens with each passing year. We know that at age 65 we officially become a senior citizens qualifying for Medicare, Social Security, and even senior discounts at various places of business. We also start getting mail from AARP! and from insurance plans specializing in senior health plans. The reminders are ever-present. Meanwhile, many people start developing chronic health problems and have more physical complaints, especially if they are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This contributes to our internal belief that we are old—AKA senior citizens.

So what’s Dr. Mimi’s secret?

I make sure to go to all of my routine medical visits and do what I’m supposed to do. Beyond that, rest is preventative medicine: I exercise nearly every day (lifting weights five days a week, performing cardio exercise at least 5 days a week, stretching before and after workouts), eat healthy 90% of the time, sleep at least seven hours a day, drink lots of water (typically a gallon a day), and also practice meditation, gratitude, and mindfulness. I volunteer for the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps. Because I try to stay as active as I can on a daily basis, most days I feel much younger than my stated age of 67. Deep to my core, I believe age is just a number.

Dr. Mimi Recently Quoted in US News & World Report—and More Wise practical tips:

When Do You Become a Senior Citizen?


Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor
 is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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