Mid Life & Beyond: The Whole Picture
A holistic educational program to enhance the quality of life of Iowans mid life & beyond
Welcome to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to Families multidisciplinary statewide program.
How can you get involved?
- Join study circles to help make a difference in your community
- Become a volunteer lifestyle guide to bring programs to your area
- Attend events held across the state
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 well-ness. The domains include: 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.
Mid Life & Beyond Team
Barbara Anderson, Nutrition and Health Program Specialist
Donna Donald, Family Life Program Specialist
Sherry Ford, Mills County Extension Program Coordinator
Nancy Franz, Director, ISU Extension to Families
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