Isn’t it time to rebrand the term "Aging"?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with a dynamic lady selling her home and finding another that fitted her new lifestyle. Ramona Oliver is an Austin retiree who lets no grass grow under her feet. She pursues a passionate interest in positive aging in all areas of her life.


Ramona asserts that for the first time in history we are not only living longer, everyone has an important choice to make: Commit to a meaningful, purposeful life of “incline” as we get older or believe that a new stage – one of steady “decline”- is inevitable.


I don’t know about you, but I know many retirees who are accepting the mindset of “declining, senility, and being over-the-hill!” As Ramona contends, what is not helping is that in the media and society in general there continues the somewhat negative connotation surrounding the concept of aging. And while, at least not now, we cannot do anything about the chronological process of becoming 60, 70, 80 years and beyond, we can perhaps change the mindset for it. Embracing change and looking at life with a keener sense of curiosity will lead to living with increased courage to live life to its fullest.


Ramona has long been passionate about supporting individuals with their personal and professional development. Both as a Human Resources Director for many years and as a Director of Outreach for St. Edward’s University where she promoted their adult programs and lifelong learning. She earned her MBA from Saint Edwards University. As a soon to be septuagenarian, her passion is now directed towards positive aging. She promotes living with an attitude of “incline” rather than “decline.” You’ll always find her embracing each day with a zest for life and she hopes to inspire her readers to do the same.


Recent articles written by Ramona caught my eye and she had me at “Can we please stop calling it aging!”  Living a life with the attitude of living on the “incline” is a conscious decision to embrace an attitude of continuing to climb metaphorical hills and not succumbing to the prevailing mindset of “decline.”


Another article she wrote “What are we missing when we settle for life stages?” is an eye opener for us to ponder options for living a more meaningful life.


A third article penned by Ramona Leave a Legacy and Live it Now!” is one that is a must read. There is more to life than the pursuit of wealth or success. Leaving a true legacy can mean a much deeper significance to one’s life. A legacy is a gift or bequest handed down from one person to another and a true legacy can also be the quality of your life overall. Just think of the choices you can make and actions you can take that will cause a trickledown effect that can have a “positive” rather than “negative” impact on your family, friends, your communities, and society.


Stand by because now this remarkable lady is currently working on a non-fiction book entitled Inclined Elder: How to Rebrand Aging for Self and Society.


Ramona’s book is a call to action for those who opt for living a life of “incline.” Not only for their personal fulfillment, but to help fuel a social “legacy” that increases the number of positive older role models in everyday life. You will want to read how she discusses how a life of “incline” looks and feels and how you can best achieve it.


I, for one, will be looking for this book to be out later this year and will be grabbing a copy as soon as it hits the market. I love what I do because I have the opportunity to meet such interesting and creative people like Ramona Oliver and guide them through the process of what I do best…listing and selling homes!





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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS : Her book is going to be amazing just she is!

Hi Margaret Goss: Those steps to being proactive are important!

Hi Jane Peters : The reason I love what I do is because I get to help so many different people through the home selling and buying process. Obviously Ramona is a jewel and I love the connection we have kept throughout the years!


Jan 11, 2019 05:03 PM #36
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Shall we call it progressing? Sounds good to me! I think I’m onto something here! Love and light!

Jan 11, 2019 09:04 PM #37
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR 

How inspiring! This woman is terrific and will always be young at heart. I like how she looks at life. And might I add, it is fun to be old and have the gold! 

Jan 11, 2019 10:01 PM #38
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - I'm very glad this one was featured!!! Congratulations!!!

Jan 11, 2019 10:02 PM #39
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie, I must take exception to Nina Hollander  comment, I am proud to say I have not 'matured', hence I remained young and immature:))Endre

Jan 11, 2019 10:36 PM #40
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Laura Cerrano : Love and light back at you!

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP : More people should look at life like Ramona does! I know you will love her book coming out.

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. : It's more fun that way fo sure!

Jan 12, 2019 05:28 AM #41
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What an inspiration! 

Your post is a wonderful tribute to her!

Jan 12, 2019 07:16 AM #42
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I actually find the name "Ramona" quite pleasant. It can only get better after that

Jan 12, 2019 08:25 AM #43
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Throughout our journey of life, the primary factor we all have, IMO is choice. Everyday is a miracle and that miracle begins with the choices we'll make for that day. Your attitude will determine your altitude, so, it's your choice, isn't it, to incline or decline regardless of your age? Great post.

Jan 12, 2019 12:20 PM #44
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I like the term and the attitude of incline. Sadly, I know far too many folks who have accepted decline as inevitable.

Jan 12, 2019 01:10 PM #45
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - Taking another perspective is showing the younger generations and our grandchildren that with age comes wisdom and we are a treasure trove of information to help them. In many cultures, younger people revere and respect those with age and wisdom. 

Jan 12, 2019 02:45 PM #46
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sharon Tara : Her book is going to be a killer!

Hi Richie Alan Naggar : Good point!

Hi Kimo Jarrett : You are so right..we all have choices each day when we get up!

Hi Marte Cliff : I agree :(.

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® : So true!

Jan 13, 2019 08:21 AM #47
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Dorie! First of all, congratulations on the well-deserved feature! Secondly, what a wonderful woman your friend Ramona is - I cannot WAIT to get her book. I don't know if you know it or not but, I am working with two clients on a project for Alzheimer's patients - placement and of course, getting their homes cleaned and sold. I am anxious to share this book when it's published, with my partners. THANK YOU for sharing this!

"See" you in a couple of weeks!

Jan 13, 2019 08:48 PM #48
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS  : I didn't know that that how wonderful and interesting. Isn't it wonderful the opportunities we have for working with such interesting people? "See" you soon!


Jan 14, 2019 04:50 AM #49
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR What a perfect entry into this month's Kudo Challenge. So glad to see this featured. Going to go read the articles and thank you for highlighting your friend Ramona.

Our classic clients are wonderful and we are so lucky to help them sell their homes. 

 "Living a life with the attitude of living on the “incline” is a conscious decision..."

Jan 14, 2019 06:27 PM #50
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much for sharing "incline" vs "decline" and Ramona's books.  Much appreciated.  I don't like the idea of declining and know that when I retire, I'll be taking classes on history or any number of things, learning to paint, and maybe take dancing lessons!!

Jan 14, 2019 07:26 PM #51
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Dorie,  What an inspirational post about an inspirational person.  Not sure the tag "incline" will stick, but it is a fantastic alternative view of what so many of us are "up" against.

Jan 15, 2019 08:12 PM #52
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a refreshing attitude!  I will have to check out the links you provided and get some inspiration.

Jan 15, 2019 09:08 PM #61
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

As one who is on the "incline" of life, I look forward to reading Ramona's articles. Thanks for introducing us to her and her work. Headed now to follow the links.

Jan 16, 2019 08:18 AM #62
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Sounds great, incline, sounds like something to look up to forward to.

Jan 16, 2019 11:34 AM #63
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