Proud to be a ZOOMER

You can call me a Zoomer. I can honestly relate with the other middle-aged individuals (45-plus) who find their way into the stories of this new magazine called Zoomer, recently relaunched by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP).

You see, as I “zoom” through life with my girlfriends, we are going to continue to wear our heels, play ice hockey on our team called the Stanley Cupcakes and embrace aging similar to those showcased in the magazine.

We are definitely getting better with time, like the wine we drink, and we aren’t afraid to show it.

Moses Znaimer, founder of Zoomer Magazine believes like me that “Zoomer is a state of mind, an attitude toward living long combined with a desire for new experiences with a sense of purpose and value.”

The magazine is a celebration a new kind of aging with articles on attitude, travel, sexuality and highlights CARP action (what this organization is doing to promote advocacy and benefits for their members).

No, you don’t have to be retired and I got involved as the group’s North Shore chapter chair because I want to surround myself with other like-minded people who look to making this new journey one with rewards and personal change.

I look forward to learning from long-time CARP members who can teach us and share stories about what we can expect on this journey.

This is about drawing the range of ages 45 to 100 years old together so corroboratively we can learn from one another and make our communities a better place to live.

My reality is that life is good and it is a result of a positive attitude and hard work to stay balanced and educated on issues that come with aging.

Sure many of my friends both male and female like to ignore these realities, but I believe that taking hold of a positive attitude will reap rewards later.

I toast to being a Zoomer and look forward to learning more and empowering others to live the best life they can, at whatever age.

We only go around once and this girl intends to take the colourful road because after all, I’ve earned it just like my mother has before me.

To find out more about CARP, email [email protected] or find them on Facebook at North Shore CARP. Also, be sure to check out

–Denise Kelly is Chair of the North Shore Vancouver CARP Chapter. A North Vancouver Zoomer proudly living with her two children, husband and dog Mel. She looks forward to sharing stories to motivate others. She can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]