Free Talk: Re-thinking what it means to be 50+

The world is scrambling to find ways to face the new world of ageing workers and citizens. We live longer lives, but an outdated mindset is holding us back, trapping us in unnecessary suffering  and socio-economical limitations. We need to re-think the way we think about and live our lives.

Together we can redefine ageing

  • Do you think you have to retire in your 60s? – Think again, retirement doesn´t have to be from one day to another, we can find new gradual ways
  • Do you think it is all down-hell from 50? Think again, we actually get better at some things with age, dealing with anger for instance or using our experience and pattern recognition.
  • Do you believe life sucks after 50 – think again, statistically our levels of happiness goes up.
  • Do you think gray hair, wrinkles and baldness is unattractive? – think again, look beyond that the media tells you is beautiful

I am on a mission to encourage the world to invest in pro-ageing rather than anti-ageing. It is much more beneficial for us all. I therefore offer organisations, clubs or corporations a one hour free talk, which encourages the listeners to question their own beliefs and thoughts patterns about ageing. I also offer concrete mindfulness-based tools to develop a more flexible mindset allowing us to meet the challenges of life with curiosity, acceptance, compassion and willingness to adapt.



Learning Objectives Practical Exercise Resources to take away

Gain insights into the changing demographics and the damaging effects of (internalised) ageism.

Challenge the mindset of what it means to grow older.

Reframe aging from decline to transition.

Reflections on personal patterns of thought and behaviours.

Insights into the tools available that can help us through the transitions of life.

Exploration of practical ways to become more aware and practice our abilities to meet the challenges and joys of life and age mindfully.

A 10 min guided Pause Practice meditation




Links to a toolkit consisting of guided meditations (including the Pause Practice) to listen to after the talk.

Opportunity to buy the book Ageing Upwards with 25% discount (€15).


The fine print:

  • The offer excludes travel cost.
  • Online version is an option.

Contact Berit to book a talk

“Seldom I have heard such an inspiring presentation! So good and insightful and clearly told! Just in one word: wonderful”

Marie-Louise Kok, Leyden Academy for Vitality and Ageing

Potential further initiatives

If the talk is well received, we can discuss further ways forward in terms of mindfulness courses such as the MBSR or Ageing Awards course (please see for more information). For bigger organisations, I have had success with offering mindfulness in waves. Each wave consist of an introduction followed by the opportunity to join a course. This way, the company gets to test the interest without committing to offering courses. Furthermore, the interest tends to spread through word of mouth. At some point, a critical mass of the employees will have been through the program, gradually spreading awareness, openness, compassion, and resilience to the whole of the organisation. The courses can either be paid for by the company or the employees themselves, with the company supporting them by the physical space at work and potentially time.


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