When Are You a Senior Citizen? (It’s Not What You Think)

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, is a national speaker and consultant, and is an international bestselling author of Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life At Any Age.

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 43 years, I wanted to finally learn how to walk my talk as a healthy role model. You see, 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.

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 had 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, sleeping better, have a more positive mindset, and have enhanced relations with my family and friends (despite the pandemic).

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 citizen 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 my 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 5 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 7 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 that is currently focused on COVID-19. 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 66. Deep to my core, I believe age is just a number.

 

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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