Mid Life & Beyond: The Whole Picture

A holistic educational program to enhance the quality of life of Iowans mid life and beyond

The average retirement age nationally is now 62 with a life expectancy of 78 years. Of the 99 Iowa counties, 88 are projected to have at least 20% of their population aged 65 and over by 2030. The growing number of adults reaching traditional retirement age and beyond presents new challenges and opportunities for communities within Iowa as well as the state as a whole.

Retirees want fulfilling, challenging, and productive lives which reflect the six domains of whole person wellness: physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, occupational and financial. Challenges to health and well-being are significant across these six domains.

The 2010 Census showed more than 40% of Iowans over the age of 45 with 26.7% between ages 45 and 64 and 14.9% over age 65. The number of Iowans over age 65 is increasing daily as baby boomers age.

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Latest News...

10/9/13 - ISU researchers use video games to bridge generational gap and get older adults moving
People are living longer, but not necessarily living healthier, and that is something a group of Iowa State University professors wants to change. They hope to accomplish that goal by using video games to promote fitness and encouraging older adults to get active.  - read more -

5/6/13 - Unleash the Power of Age: Mid Life & Beyond
May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme, “Unleash the Power of Age,” emphasizes the important role of older adults. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is unleashing the power of age with Mid Life & Beyond: The Whole Picture. -read more-

Mid Life & Beyond Team

  • Barbara Anderson, Nutrition and Health Program Specialist
  • Donna Donald, Family Life Program Specialist
  • Sherry Ford, Mills County Extension Program Coordinator
  • Ruth Freeman, Co - Team Leader and Family Finance Program Specialist
  • Jennifer Margrett, Co - Team Leader and Associate Professor Department of Human Development & Family Studies and Director of Gerontology Program
  • Susan Taylor, Family Finance Program Specialist & Dubuque County Family Life Program Specialist
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