Finding time to age gracefully is a goal for many of us who are Baby Boomers or beyond. Is this something that’s on your mind? We each respond in our own, unique ways to the developmental changes that we encounter. However, with such large numbers of us hitting particular milestones at the same time, there’s more and more attention being paid to the aging process.
I find it helpful to keep in mind that aging is a process that takes place throughout our lives – not just after a certain point. The effects of aging are different, depending on where we are on our lifeline. And, to a very large degree, the effects of aging are also different, depending on the feelings, perceptions, and expectations that we bring to the process.
So, here are some questions to ponder:
- How do you feel about the changes that you notice in your mind and body as the years accrue?
- What about changes in your perception of time? Do you notice a shift, and how do you feel about it?
- Has your aging affected how you think about your goals and aspirations?
- Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are the top three items on it?
- Is your life now the way you pictured it being at this age? Are there changes you want to make?
The idea of finding time to age gracefully isn’t just on our minds … a recent piece on The Huffington Post noted that Pfizer has weighed in with a survey and a multiyear project named “Get Old” that is aimed at creating dialogue around aging. They begin:
“What’s the upside of aging? Just ask the one-quarter of Americans in a poll released today who say getting old is better than they expected. The biggest benefits: Greater wisdom, appreciation for friends and family, increased confidence and the freedom to try new things, according to the survey, sponsored by Pfizer and 10 health advocacy groups, including the Columbia University’s International Longevity Center, the Visiting Nurses Associations of America, and the National Family Caregivers Association.”
Are you surprised by those results? How would you respond to questions about your own aging? Here’s what Pfizer says about the project on their website.
“Get Old is a platform developed by Pfizer to encourage and support a dialogue around the notion of getting older and living better. We want to inspire and activate people of all ages to reconsider what it means to get old in terms of a better quality of life, adding years to their lives, and confronting the biggest and most important health challenge facing them and society as a whole.”© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.