“Aging happy and well, instead of sad and sick, is at least under some personal control. We have considerable control over our weight, our exercise, our education, and our abuse of cigarettes and alcohol. With hard work and/or therapy, our relationships with our spouses and our coping styles can be changed for the better. A successful old age may lie not so much in our stars and genes as in ourselves.” ~George E. Vaillant
I’ve loved doing the on-going series for LinkedIn titled: “On Aging” where I introduce a brief statement (impactful I hope) on aging. I’d like to share a few on this blog post because I know some won’t see them on LinkedIn. Please enjoy and contemplate the ideas…
- Treating Aging as a Disease Focused on Decline
On Aging: The biomedicalization of Aging created a structured dependency of old age, giving credence to what researcher Carroll Estes termed “the Aging Enterprise.”
2.The Maturing of Fitness in Older Age and the Changing Focus
On Aging: Mature Fitness = Health Benefits > Aesthetics
3. How Our Culture Frames Views of Getting Older
On Aging: We are Aged by Culture.
~Margaret Morganroth Gullette
4. About Human Development at Any Age
On Aging: The Failure to support human development policies over the entire adult life course (life course perspective) will be echoed in the condition of old age. ~Rick Moody PhD, Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society
5. How Aging is a Paradox
On Aging: An Aging Paradox- The Closer to Death you are, the closer to Life you are.
6. Age in Place and the Built Environment
On Aging: Learn to look at your home with FRESH eyes (make the future a part of your current philosophy).
This series will continue on LinkedIn and I will be posted more of them here for you to read, enjoy, and I hope stimulate some thoughts on aging you may not have considered.
Helpful Age in Place Resources