If you go
What: Enrich Life Over 50
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday
Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Canyon Theater
William Zinke believes the secret to longevity lies in remaining actively engaged and participating in activities that make people feel like valuable members of society.
He would know. He’s 90.
Zinke, president of Enrich Life Over 50, is bringing his message to Boulder, with a seminar at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave..
In 2014, Zinke founded ELO50, which has the mission of enhancing the quality of life for people 50 and older.
“Twenty years were added to longevity since the 20th century,” Zinke, founder and president of ELO50, said. “People that remain actively engaged live more than four years than people that don’t, and report better satisfaction with life.”
ELO50 will host meetings in 26 other major cities throughout the country over the next six years, the Denver metro area being the first sector to offer them.
The event will feature keynote speaker Carol Gardner, who will share her story on how she turned her life around at the age of 52.
“Gardner was in a very bad state; she had two broken legs, had been through a messy divorce and was heavily in debt, so she asked a friend for advice, and (he) gave her two ideas: Either see a psychiatrist or get a dog, and she got a dog,” Zinke said.
With the help of her dog Zelda, Gardner was able to change her life in extremely positive ways by creating a greeting card line that she later sold to build a new one, only this time selling kitchen towels and coffee mugs.
Nearly one-third of the American population is 50 and older. Zinke proposes that this demographic seize on opportunities the community has to offer, such as volunteering for non-profits or creating a new business.
Thursday’s event will be free of charge, but donations toward meeting expenses will be appreciated.
“I would like to fill the entire theater,” said Zinke. “I don’t intend to be a money maker, I intend to be an older life changer.”