Sexy Sexagenarians

Christie Brinkley at 49 in 1999. She looks pretty much the same today at 61 . DoD photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Dewitt D. Roseborough

When I first heard the word sexagenarian for people in their 60s my mind leapt to the question, “are there sexy sixty year olds?” Of course, the word sexagenarian has nothing to do with sexiness per se, although it does beg the question.

An interesting and plausible explanation that I have found for the association between the number six and sexiness has to do with the 10 commandments and the prohibition against adultery. There are modified versions of the 10 commandments and for many Christians such as Catholics and Lutherans the commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” is the 6th rather than the 7th of the 10.

With this in mind, it seems possible that the number six could have been associated with sex, and a “sixy person” (i.e. sexy person) could have been associated with violations of the sixth commandment.  Everyone knows sexy when they see it even if they are not tempted by it, so are there sexy sexagenarians? This is an important question for baby boomers who currently range in age from 51 to 69.

I recently leafed through a book at Barnes & Nobles that redefines what is possible for 60 year olds.  Christie Brinkley’s new book, Timeless Beauty, amazed me!  Click here to see her recent interview on

Her book is full of tips and recipes, for staying young and healthy. She became vegetarian in her youth after learning how animals are treated at processing plants. She also promotes active lifestyles, smiling more and eating organic food, arguing that the cost of organic will go down as more and more people commit to it.  She says, “We’re so hard on ourselves! I think the way you look is tied into how you feel. The kind of true beauty I hope my readers are looking for is a combination of healthy living and good deeds.”

I like Christie’s idea of having a pair of jeans that “you can trust” for monitoring your weight.  She writes, “I have a pair of what I like to call my ‘honest jeans’. They’re the pair that fits me perfectly when I’m at my ideal weight.  So if I’m ever worried that I may have put on a few pounds, I slip into those (or try to!) and they never lie to me.”

But is she just a fluke of nature?  Are there other role models that could give us hope of extending our youthful bodies and appearance into the sixth decade of life?  You be the judge – check out this link on actors considered Sexy Silver Foxes such as:

  • Bruce Willis, 60
  • Pierce Brosnan, 61
  • Denzel Washington, 60
  • Michael Keaton, 63
  • Kevin Costner, 60
  • Richard Gere, 65
  • Bruce Springsteen, 65

And there are also many female actresses in their sixties that have retained their youthful appeal such as:

  • Meryl Streep, 65
  • Helen Mirren, 69
  • Susan Sarandon, 68
  • Susan Lucci, 68
  • Diane Sawyer, 69
  • Sally field, 68
  • Cher, 68

Miranda Esmonde-White (66) has developed a fitness program named Classical Stretch that will very likely help many others on the road towards becoming sexy sexagenarians.

There is hope out there for extending youthfulness, so keep improving your fitness routines, listening to your body, connecting with community, increasing your intimacy, living with joy and passion, eating for health. I hope to see you become a sexy sexagenarian some day!

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