Over 50s Lifestyle Vlogcast

Ageing Upwards: A mindfulness-based framework for the longevity revolution

June 26, 2023

Congratulations! You have been given about 20 more years to live than your grandparents. How are you going to make the most of them?

My guest today on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast is Berit Lewis. Berit shows that the story we so often tell ourselves about ageing – that it’s all downhill from 50 – is simply wrong. In fact, research reveals we are at our happiest aged 80! Combining her extensive experience in teaching mindfulness with her knowledge of how to live and age well, she reveals a simple framework that can help you make the most out of those extra years of living. Rather than wait for society to solve the challenges of longevity, she invites us to explore what each of us can do to take responsibility for our own life and ageing process.

During the conversation we discussed:

  • Berit’s story and how she came to write the book
  • What does Aging Upwards mean?
  • Chronological andbiological aging
  • The Importance of Mindfulness – the power of ‘non-doing’
  • Embracing aging rather than avoiding it
  • The Aging Upwards framework
  • Taming the Wandering Negative mind by savouring the pleasant

Listen to the Podcast

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Meet Berit

Berit Lewis is a sought-after speaker and the owner of Thriving Life, offering workshops, courses and retreats in mental well-being. As well as being an experienced and accredited Mindfulness Teacher, she holds a BA (Honours) in Psychology, a MSc in Vitality and Ageing and a MA in Communication and has carried out Mindfulness Based Vitality & Ageing research in cooperation with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and Leyden Academy of Vitality and Ageing in the Netherlands. Berit is Danish and lives in the Netherlands with her Welsh husband and two teenagers.

Connect with Berit

Check out www.thrivinglife.eu 

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Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc June 26, 2023 at 10:15

    Hi Sue – this sounds really interesting. I’d heard before that 80 was a peak time of happiness and listened to a podcast from an 80 year old who confirmed it. My mum is shining example of living a fantastic life in her 80’s – and I’m in the process of working out the best way to get there! This will be my listening time with this morning’s cup of coffee. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 09:45

      Hope you enjoyed listening to Berit and her thoughts on Ageing Upwards, Leanne. xx

  • Reply Bernadette June 26, 2023 at 21:09

    Thanks Sue for the introduction to Berit. I will definitely be exploring her work.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 09:45

      Berit was very interesting to chat to, Bernadette. xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections June 28, 2023 at 09:45

    Thanks, Sue and Berit – for this very informative and thought-provoking podcast.

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