Dynamic Aging: I Intend to Live Forever, So Far, So Good
by Joy Sloan Jinks

Re-firing your life after 60

By Audri Scott Williams

Joy Sloan Jinks offers a new paradigm on life after 60 in her book Dynamic Aging: I Intend to Live Forever, So Far, So Good.

Jinks, who is in her 80s, is best known as the co-founder of Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Folk Life Play, that put the US town of Colquitt on the cultural tourism map (see Small town’s story-telling tradition, page xx).

“Did you know that 10,000 Americans retire every day? So let’s start living and shift the cultural perception of aging from negative to positive.  Elders are joining together to make a difference in the world through many areas such as: sports, arts, politics, community organizing and entrepreneurship – to name a few,” she says.

In her book, she defies the caricatures of the elderly as feeble, incompetent, a drain on society or, worst of all, “cute” with her model of what it means to live as a dynamic elder. “In the years between 55 and 75, we have the opportunity to re-create and re-tool ourselves and to celebrate this most engaging, productive and creative time of life.  We have an opportunity to use our skills, wisdom and resources to create the world we want our great grandchildren to enjoy,” she says.

She challenges her readers and the baby boomer generation, who are free of the responsibilities of the working world, to re-fire rather than retire. Her book offers spiritual strategies and psycho-social exercises to grow rather than stagnate.

Dynamic Aging, which has a foreword by human potential leader, Dr Jean Houston, is available on For more information visit, or email

Audri Scott Williams, an author and producer, is a global trustee for the United Religions Initiative and co-founder of the Quantum Leap Transformational Center.

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