That headline, “When Aging is a Good Thing,” turned up earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal but hardly in a positive sense. Since the story is about aged beef at a certain Manhattan restaurant, the headline is a near perfect example of the subtle type of elder bias that pervades all media all the time.
If you spent any time at all with an assortment of media, you can be forgiven for believing that getting old is a disease.
In a thousand ways every day, our culture reminds us that being old is the most terrible thing that can befall any person. And in twice as many ways every day, it unrelentingly promotes the lie that we can maintain a youthful body unto death.
It is right when hormones are raging and fecundity is in bloom that the young should be so beautiful. But that does not make age ugly or unattractive. Only different.
More than half (51%) of seniors expect their quality of life to stay about the same during the next five to 10 years, while 21% expect it to get much or somewhat better, versus 30 percent of those surveyed in 2012.
One of the ways old people are maligned are with accusations that we lack a sense of style. Don’t blame us. It’s the fashion industry which has not given one second’s thought to how our body shape differs from that of a 17-year-old.
There is little if anything in our culture that would lead me to believe I would feel this good about being an old woman.
When an elder is without offspring and they have tons of family photos, what should they do (in a pre-planning way) with the photos? Any ideas?
That report is from a medical news website but, in complete irresponsibility, without an iota of research referenced.
In his recent New York Times op/ed “The Joy of Old Age” (No Kidding), Oliver Sacks states what I consider to be the underpinning of the philosophy of this blog.
Well, apparently there’s a cure for gray hair now, according to a press release from The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Over the weekend, I came across a perfectly dreadful essay about how awful it is to look old.
In my earliest interaction with Facebook in 2007, one of the first things I discovered were dozens of sites devoted to hating old people. Nothing has changed since.
It’s bugged me for years that conventional wisdom, along with the FBI and others, assert that elders fall victim to scams more frequently than younger people.
Yesterday, Marcie talked about encountering elder paranoia, no free lunches, professionalism and differences in dress habits of the young and old. Here is Part 2:
I generally don’t write about commercial enterprises but I was intrigued with the 27-year-old entrepreneur who developed a social network for 55+ communities.
Mr. President, is it possible you do not understand what chained CPI is or how it will affect elders for the rest of our lives?
Old people regularly lament our short-term memory lapses and we often do it with rueful jokes as if we are whistling past the graveyard of brain cells.
I had been making notes for an update on Oprah’s decades of extolling the virtues of eternal youth but I then ran across a ChangingAging post I could have written.
If you have been reading Time Goes By for a couple of years or more, you know that there is growing evidence that your personal attitude toward getting old can affect your health and even your longevity.