Calls for a de-youthanized science are not lofty, liberal political appeals; they are attempts to actually purify gerontological science and practice. A de-youthanized science means a more valid, generalizable science—a science, for example, that adequately samples older adults in the service of providing sufficiently evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and treatment
As a culture, we have adopted a sort of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy about sexuality, which, of course, stifles dialogues about sexual health for almost everyone at any age. To complicate matters, we also place a high social premium on youthfulness. So naturally, conversations about sex and aging represent the paragon of taboo in this country.
I am certainly not blind to how fortuitously my interest in aging aligns with the needs of an aging world—and I certainly don’t need additional convincing that my decision to forgo law school was in equal measure, wise and slightly prescient. But maybe you do.
Simply asking a person how old he or she feels may yield rich insights into the physical and mental state of the individual, experience with getting older or, more specifically, with managing a disability.
As a Ph.D. student in psychology, much of my research focuses on the question: “How do feelings of usefulness to others in later life influence the selection and application of adaptive health behaviors?”
I’ve noticed when boomers dance the fear of social judgment is refreshingly absent—there’s a sense of youthful freeness my millennial counterparts lack.
Our cultural lexicon is wrong. It’s a classic language of otherizing—through which older adults’ experiences are confined and trivialized into this thing called aging.
It’s time for a new sexual revolution for the Post War Generation — one where a real conversation about HIV/AIDS can start.