You can’t help getting older but you don’t have to get old. ~ G. Burns
Do you remember when you were a kid and thought that 30 was ‘old’? I sure do. I remember thinking that my grandmother, who was likely the very age I am now, was ‘really old’ and my great-grandmother was ‘ancient.’ Times they are a-changin’ for sure. Did you know that Gloria Steinam turned 83 this year? Ron Howard, Michael Moore, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey and Al Roker are now over 60. How we look at things, what we expect make all the difference in the world. So, what can you expect in this new era of aging? Pretty much all good things.
A survey done by the Today Show of those over 60 found that, “a whopping 72 percent say they feel younger than their age. 79 percent say their journey so far is “about” what they expected or even “better” than they expected.” Not a shabby set of numbers at all.
Also from that same survey comes this, “More than half of respondents say they are (enjoying life more). Sure, those grey hairs and wrinkles may not be loved, but it’s clear people worry about those cosmetic concerns less in their 60s than in their 50s. In fact, nearly 70 percent report greater self-confidence, compared to 68 percent of folks in their 50s and 56 percent in their 40s.”
The Pew Research Center found very similar results in their studies. From a 2009 study they state, “the sometimes surprising ways in which society’s expectations of aging do not always match up with the experiences of older adults.”
What’s to be learned here? You’re only as old as you think or expect you are. If you’re struggling to tie your shoelaces at 65 then yes, aging might look fairly unpleasant but if you’ve got vibrant, fun people in your life who model other ways of approaching the aging process you might not see it as all bad.
What you do in the here and now will make all the difference in the world about how the next set of years go for you. I hope and wish for you to surround yourself with excellent role models, if even only from a distance.
Wishing you all the best for your week!