Successful aging matters. People are living much longer world worldwide – many now exceed 100. Here’s how to benefit from and enjoy our extended life. It makes sense then to look at successful aging.
Some of those ‘old and dull people’ in their activity. Never say: “I am too old to do that.” (But crash helmets would surely assist!) Pic: https://adventuretimewithderekthehumanandjptheschool.wordpress.com/
Growing old tends to be viewed with sadness. But a lot is not necessary, or realistic, not all loose physical and mental capacity – or libido. Not all age into ‘grumpy old men and women,’ but some do. So what is inevitable, common – or just myth?
Successful aging matters – when do we really become ‘old’
Some is handed down. Younger adults can believe are dull, dogmatic, ugly, and less worthwhile generally. Moreover think only of their ailments. Conversely, however, American humorist, Mark Twain noted this. ‘When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.’ But when do we really become ‘old’? Is it when we retire, become 120, or when?
Successful aging matters – the statistics
Statistically, average Australian life expectancy is now 77 years. At the beginning of last century it was 55. But it is not the same for all Australians. Our Aboriginal people still die about 20 years younger.
Individuals’ differences among the elderly are greater than at any other time in their lives. The maximum documented life is 122 years. Amongst the oldest was Misao Okawa. She died in 2015 at the age of 117. Click here to read more.