We begin aging from the moment we draw our first breath as the miniscule changes that occur each year accumulate gradually over time. Aging is a complicated process that is a product of both biological and social factors.
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 or get documents such as wills or medical directives. However, as a society, we are also fascinate by people who age well. Sister Madonna Buder, for instance, an 87 year-old nun is now 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.
Additional Articles in This Series:
- 5 Myths About Aging
- Why Aging Myths Matter
- We Are What We Think
- The Science of Aging
- 4 Steps to Age Gracefully
- Moving Forward Together