June 24, 2011

Aging Gracefully with Children

This week's beauty is Denise Levesque Robbin who is 50 years old. Denise is the health and wellness coordinator at the South County YMCA in Wakefield, RI and was recently featured in an article about women who have children after the age of 40. Her kids are now 7 & 9. Why did she wait to have them? Partly because she was off traveling the world! But then, at the ripe age of 37, she bumped into an old friend from high school who eventually became her husband. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Denise thinks it's a real joy to have small children later in life, and believes that there really isn't anything better that she could be doing. She is glad that she waited as she thinks she has a greater appreciation of life's little moments certainly now and is more able to treasure the time with her kids, thanks to her age. The whole experience has made her feel very fortunate.

On the aging front Denise says that she feels great and is embracing the process. She said that she has had a good self image for a long time and has felt positive about her choices, but that one of the good things about growing older is that other people believe in her choices now too. People also listen a little harder, and give her more credibility which feels good, she explained.

Denise said, "someone once told me that everything has a front and a back, and I find it rings true on the subject of aging. We so often hear about and focus on the negative aspects of aging, but there are really so many positives as well."

Thank you Denise for being this week's beauty.
I hope we get to meet someday.