Written by Bethany Stoutamire (Former SDSU Extension Aging in Place Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA Member) under the direction and review of Leacey E. Brown.
Aging is a complicated process that is a product of both biological and social factors.We begin aging from the moment our cells begin to divide and draw our first breath.
However, despite the fact that we are all growing older, there is a lot of misinformation and fear around aging. Celebrities are lauded for appearing youthful (and thus beautiful) and there is an enormous industry built around the idea that someone should look like they’re in their twenties for as long as they possibly can. If we try to keep denying that we are getting older, we may not plan sufficiently (if at all) for our retirement and get documents such as wills or medical directives in order. However, as a society, we are also fascinated by people who age well. Look at the popularity of Sister Madonna Buder, an 87 year-old nun who is featured in her own Nike commercial.
We don’t have to run triathlons in our eighties, but neither should we frantically cling to our youth. This series will address the social, physical, and mental components of aging, giving us the tools to better cultivate a long, happy, and healthy life.
Other Articles in the Cultivating a Healthy Life Series
- 5 Myths About Aging
- Why Aging Myths Matter
- You Are What You Think
- The Science of Aging
- 5 Ways to Age Gracefully
- Moving Forward Together