Live and Love – EMBRACING AGE AND LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE with Joan Price

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Joan Price is a woman who knows how to live life to the fullest, regardless of age. If you listen to the ageless sexual advocate you might even discover that your best years may, in fact, be your later years.

Joan Price is the author of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain or Regain a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life’, ‘Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex’ and ‘Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty’. She is widely regarded as a “senior sexpert” and has her own award winning blog www.NakedAtOurAge.com, where she offers insights and advice on life, fitness, health and of course sex!

Health Wisdom asked Joan Price about her journey to discover the joys of senior sex and some advice on how we can all learn to embrace age and make the second half of our lives our best years yet.

So Joan, you are a woman who clearly values health and fitness. Why do you think that it is so important, especially as we get older, to be mindful of our health?

We can’t control our genes, but we can control our lifestyle choices. Choosing to exercise and eat a nutritious diet not only protects our health long term, it also gives us more energy and more capacity for joyful living.

When did you discover your love for health and fitness and realise how important it was for your own overall wellbeing?

At first it wasn’t “love for health and fitness” as much as loving certain activities that happened to be good for health and fitness. I wasn’t a physically active child, but as a pre-teen and teenager, I loved dancing: jitterbug, record hops, learning moves from American Bandstand.

I didn’t learn to ride a bicycle until I was 26, but once I did, I cycled many hours each week. I also loved walking, exploring new places on foot. In my early 30s, I discovered aerobic dance and loved it so much that it became a daily routine.

At 34, I almost died in an automobile accident, which left me with many severe injuries (some lifelong). Getting back to the aerobics room and my bicycle motivated me and kept me going during many long months of rehabilitation. I went on to become a group exercise instructor, teaching aerobics and step classes and working with personal clients who thought they hated exercise. I’d tell them, “You don’t hate exercise — you just haven’t found the kind of exercise that you love.”

Going through menopause, I could no longer bear to set the alarm to teach a 7:30am aerobics class, so I switched to teaching line dancing in the evening. At 75, I still teach line dancing three times a week, walk daily, and do intense Pilates twice a week. My body is aging, and I am often surprised by new aches and pains, but I always feel better when I exercise.

What are some of the things that you think we should be doing to prepare our body and our mind for the next half of our lives?

I think it’s important to continue to ask ourselves, “Is the way I’m living bringing me joy? If not, what do I need to change right now?” Don’t wait for a better life to find you — create it yourself.

You are a best selling author of many books, which focus on the idea of ageless sexuality. What led you to become a “senior sexpert”?

I had been earning my living writing books and articles about health and fitness for years. One evening, a dashingly handsome, white-haired man walked into my line dance class, and as soon as he moved his hips, I tried to remember to breathe. It was lust at first sight. He was 64; I was 57.

This man, the artist Robert Rice, changed my life in every way, including deciding to write about older-age sexuality. You can read our love story in my first senior sex book, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty. Robert and I had only seven years together before I lost him to cancer.

When I started writing about senior sex in 2005, it was a hush-hush topic. Now it’s more out in the open, although I’m still fighting the notion that only young people can be sexy, desirous, and desirable. My full-time job is writing and speaking about senior sex, and to me, it’s the most interesting topic ever! My books now include the award-winning Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex; The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life; and the upcoming Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality after Loss of Your Beloved, which will be available August 2019.

Why do you think so many people find talking about sex and aging a difficult topic?

People in my generation were brought up not to talk about sex, especially from a woman’s point of view. There was very little information about women’s pleasure. Pair that with our society’s view of older people as sexless, and we’re often silent about our sexual problems and our sexual pleasures.

What is some advice that you would give to men and women embarking on new relationships later on in life?

It’s never too late to experience new love and great sex.

Do you feel that a person’s relationship with sex can have an overall effect on their general health, wellbeing and happiness?

Of course! Our sexuality affects every other aspect of our life.

To discover some more of Joan Price’s expert advice and tips on how to find joy in life, love and relationships visit
www.NakedAtOurAge.com