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Margaret Trudeau pens new memoir about aging joyfully

When Margaret and Pierre Trudeau married in 1971, their 29-year age gap was all people seemed to want to talk about. Now, she wants to talk about her age, too.

'Perpetual teenager' Trudeau encourages people to keep doing what they love as they age

Margaret Trudeau recently wrote a new book, The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant, Joyful, Future. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

When 22-year-old Margaret Sinclair married the 51-year-old then Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, in 1971, all people seemed to want to talk about was the couple's 29-year age gap.

Now, Margaret Trudeau wants to talk about her age, too, in her new memoir, The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant, Joyful, Future.

After living for many years as a "perpetual teenager" who took great delight in not following the rules, Margaret says, she realized one day that she was, in fact, a 65-year-old woman.

"Suddenly I turned 65 and realized, 'Oh my goodness, I'm old,'" she told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff, chuckling. "I think it was when I got into the movie theatres cheaper. Oh, dear."

In her new book, Trudeau shares her personal reflections and advice on aging, as well as stories from friends and other female figures.

'Don't give up on sense of wonder'

While her parents enjoyed very quiet retirements, Trudeau encourages people who are entering the so-called "third act" — a term coined by Jane Fonda — to stay as involved and healthy as possible.

"What I'm advocating [for] is a much more proactive [approach] of fighting into your old age, of taking it on, of still doing everything you've always done.

"Maybe not as well or as fast, but the things you love, don't stop doing them, don't give up on your sense of wonder."

Perhaps like mother, like son, Trudeau's 43-year-old son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, hasn't been able to avoid the limelight when it comes to his age, either.

He has often been targeted as being too young and inexperienced to become Canada's next prime minister.

"Oh, he's old enough now," Trudeau said. "After all these attack ads, he's learned a thing or two."

Margaret Trudeau will attend a book signing at 7 p.m. PT at Indigo in North Vancouver on Thursday.

To hear the full interview with Margaret Trudeau, listen to the audio labelled: Margaret Trudeau on ageing well


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