aging in america
Breaking down everything you need to know about growing older so you can embrace it.
Experts know that older adults rely on good health to remain independent and productive but by the measure of medical diagnoses, baby boomers are sicker than their predecessors.
If you don't work in the industry, you might not "get" why someone would spend cash on learning about older people. But if you're in the private sector, I recommend that you have a change of heart. I know that growing older is not an attractive phase in our culture, and the general public would rather ignore it altogether.
Ask anyone if they'd like to go back to their youth and most will emphatically say no -- some will actually shudder. And no wonder. It's a time of career worries, relationship worries, money worries, kid worries. A time with no idea of who we are or even what we want in life.
The face of aging is changing in America. I've seen proof. Perhaps it's because the baby boomers are entering their senior years. That generation of 76 million Americans is on the verge of reinventing 'retirement' in much the same way it reinvented other institutions over the past 60 years.
The more she talked, the more confident I felt that my version of post-50 life would be the future of aging in America: embracing your age, laugh lines and all.
Beyond the raw details of her daughter's death, beyond her grasp to understand its aftermath and its applied metaphor, Blue Nights deals with the physical "dismantling" of Didion herself.
Faith communities must, for the sake of our own spiritual well-being, engage and be engaged by the power and possibilities of older congregants.