10 tips for successful aging from Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King may be best known as the victor in the famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.

But the former No. 1 women’s tennis player is also an advocate for social change and equality, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a member of the US Presidential Delegation to the Sochi Winter Olympics and now the Active Aging Ambassador for Atria Senior Living, a leading provider of independent living, assisted living and memory care services in the U.S.

In an interview with the bimonthly Journal on Active Aging® published by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), the 70-year-old King suggests that staying engaged in life, adapting to challenges and, as her own mother advised her, continuing to “keep moving” can enrich and prolong life, particularly in one’s later years. “Society keeps giving us messages that when we get older, we’re finished,” she says. “We’re not finished. Every day is a new start. Every morning when I wake up, I have my gratitude list, and I thank God for all of these wonderful things. I have another opportunity today to be challenged, to learn, to solve problems, to really engage in whatever I want to do.”

In the interview with ICAA’s CEO Colin Milner, King reveals her top 10 tips for successful aging:

  1. Relationships are everything.
  2. Keep learning. Keep learning how to learn. Stay curious.
  3. Be in the moment and focus on the process. The journey is the ultimate prize.
  4. Be resilient and engaged in life. Keep moving or it’s over.
  5. Accept pressure as a privilege and face it head on.
  6. Be a problem solver. Champions in life adapt or adjust.
  7. Reinvent yourself on a regular basis.
  8. Exercise matters.
  9. Be a positive person.
  10. Never underestimate yourself, or those around you.

“I just think it’s important to keep going, because what choice do we have?” says King. “I can be a complainer today, or I can pick myself up. That’s one thing I learned by being in sports; that daily discipline, and how to be resilient and keep bouncing back.”



To read the full interview with Colin Milner, visit www.icaa.cc/media/billy-jean-king-colin-milner-interview.htm

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