The Humor of Aging
In light of shifting the conversation from “anti-aging” to “pro-aging” and having a little fun with this aging thing, I’m including a few positive stats around aging and a few cartoons to include the humor of aging. Let’s lighten up a bit about aging – for so many it is so serious!
Today a woman’s life expectancy at birth is 83 years, 8 more years than in 1970. In the 1900’s, we were expected to live only until 47 years of age. I say we make the best of it and laugh some about it!
Ruth, 83 lights up when she shows off her new jogging outfit and sport shoes. She doesn’t regard herself as an “old” lady. She does see herself as active, lively, and interesting. (From Age-Old Myths About People Over 65, “Vibrant Life” by Rita Robinson.)
Lorraine Holden, 82. I met her at the signing of her book “Don’t Get Thin, Get Healthy”. She had just driven herself from California to Colorado in two days! That’s a thousand miles… I asked her what she did to stay so healthy – she does yoga, hikes, bikes, swims and kayaks very regularly. She also eats lots of plant foods, some meats and drinks lots of water. (Personal interview.)
Once in a while a burger is the best, however, be sure you’re pulling up to the right drive-up!
More: If you are married, divorced or single, the good news is:
According to a poll by The National Center on Women and Aging (NCWA) at Brandeis University:
55% of married women say aging is better than expected
45% of previously married women say it’s better than expected
55% of never-married women say aging is better than expected.
In their book “Successful Aging” authors John W. Rowe, M.D. and Robert L. Kahn, Ph.D., share the results of a 20 year study:
The MacArthur Foundation found out how people preserve and enhance their mental and physical health in later life. The research showed that the influence of genetics shrinks proportionately as we get older, while social and physical habits become more important to physical and mental health. (Underline is mine.)
A national survey on aging conducted by the Pew Research Center found that:
Most people 65 and older said that they didn’t experience the declines typically associated with aging – memory, health, sex drive, driving and other activities.
Even though sexual activity tends to decline with age, it is very individual. Cultural norms, health challenges and the availability of partners could be a factor. Chronological age itself is not the critical factor in sexual activity or physical contact.
On that note, I invite you to enjoy and welcome what could be the most creative, fun and freeing time of your life: AGE!