‘Successful aging’ protects health and wealth – Elizabeth O’Brien’s Retire Well – MarketWatch

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Some argue that as a society, we focus too much on physical health in our definition of successful aging. We lionize the person living alone at 95, and while that’s certainly laudatory, we could also celebrate those who remain connected to their communities despite their infirmities, or those who have saved enough to afford whatever care is needed. “Dependency doesn’t necessarily mean lack of success,” said Russell Woodruff, assistant professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. who teaches a course on the philosophy of aging.

Bottom line? When it comes to healthy aging, let’s control what we can and try not to worry too much about the rest. “Once you get to a certain point,” Almeida said, “biology just takes over.”

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