As Dr. Christiane Northrup says, “Getting older is inevitable, aging is optional”. The world’s population of people aged 60 years and older is growing rapidly meaning that people worldwide are living longer. But does longer always mean happier and healthier? Since by the time people reach age 65 approximately 2 in 5 adults in this age have a disability. My research aims to deepen our understanding of successful aging from the lenses of physical activity, social engagement in the presence of a disability. Through comprehensive literature review, national data analysis, and older adults’ perceptions evaluation I am trying to explore the impact of social engagement (e.g. attending clubs, volunteering, engaging with grandchildren) and physical activity (e.g. gardening, walking, hiking) on successful aging (measured via life satisfaction, well-being). This photo captures all three components of my research. My dad (70 years old) often competes with his grandson (6 years old) on who can hold the plank longer. They not only inspire each other but also maintain the warmest granddad-grandson relationship, which according to my dad, keeps him feeling good, happy, and young.