When my boys were small, I wanted them to feel comfortable around “old people.” We lived far away from grandparents and had little natural interaction with people older than 30, so I thought that visiting the county nursing home would be a good solution.
A week ago, I was asked to participate in a performance project called, “Maiden, Mother, Matriarch.” I was one of the women/performers in the Matriarch group. In preparation for the performance, we had a few heart-to-heart discussions about our experience of being 60.
There is long-standing research to support the belief that our basic personality traits are set in our youth and do not change much as we age. A recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, and reported in the Journal of Psychology and Aging, challenges this idea.
When my son began eating solid food he consistently refused bananas. When he was old enough to talk, he informed me that he didn’t like the consistency. They didn’t have enough “resistance” and were too slimy.
According to Pew Research Center, globally, there are 604 million (plus) people in the 65 and older category. In the United States, the 76 million Baby Boomers magnify the 65-plus group that stretches to over 50 million today.
Women in their 60s often say they feel invisible. In their 70s, they say they’re ghosts. In their 80s, they say they’re shadows of ghosts.
There’s no stopping the march of time or the limited visibility women experience in their later decades. But there’s no reason to reinforce that societal disservice by hiding.
That’s why I threw myself an astounding 70th birthday party. Here’s what I learned form turning 70.
The other day I found a variety of material on the topic of the magic of aging. It was one of those days when I was feeling particularly un-magical.
Having fallen up the stairs the previous night, I was licking my wounds. Anyway, it got me thinking and it’s true; there are so many aspects of aging that are truly magical.
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel of judges for the fourth Design Challenge sponsored by the Stanford Center on Longevity. I reviewed several innovative ideas that encourage active and independent living as we age.
“What do you want for your birthday?” That’s a tough one, isn’t it? But seriously, the last thing retired people need is more stuff. It’s a time when we are trying to get rid of all the items we no longer use. In a few years, we expect to move to a smaller place, right?