AGING AMERICA: Live to 120? Most say no thanks – Businessweek

An increased lifespan is not necessarily ideal…

But with the field growing, Pew took the public’s pulse and found most Americans wouldn’t want a treatment that would let them live to 120. Fifty-six percent said no thanks — although two-thirds expect most other people would want to try such a step, said the report issued Tuesday.

via AGING AMERICA: Live to 120? Most say no thanks – Businessweek.

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The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.) – NYTimes.com

A wonderful essay from Oliver Sacks on the approach of his 80th birthday…

My father, who lived to 94, often said that the 80s had been one of the most enjoyable decades of his life. He felt, as I begin to feel, not a shrinking but an enlargement of mental life and perspective. One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’, too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms and busts, revolutions and wars, great achievements and deep ambiguities, too. One has seen grand theories rise, only to be toppled by stubborn facts. One is more conscious of transience and, perhaps, of beauty. At 80, one can take a long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age. I can imagine, feel in my bones, what a century is like, which I could not do when I was 40 or 60. I do not think of old age as an ever grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.

I am looking forward to being 80.

via The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.) – NYTimes.com.

John Feather, PhD: International Aging: It’s Not What You Think

This is an important and well written article. We hear a great deal of noise about the aging population. We don’t need to worry about the aging population, we need to redefine aging itself…

 

Aging presents formidable challenges, but, as Dr. John Beard says, “we need to reinvent the way we think about ageing itself. We want to be stretching life in the middle, not just at the end. This means keeping people healthy for as long as possible, and giving them the opportunity to do the things they want and that society needs.” It is a call to action we need to hear around the world.

via John Feather, PhD: International Aging: It’s Not What You Think.

Department of Health & Ageing – Positive Ageing Projects Funded

A positive development in Australia…

The Australian Government will provide funding to support a range of projects focused on promoting a positive message about ageing and supporting older Australians to live well in old age.

via Department of Health & Ageing – Positive Ageing Projects Funded.

My Senior Portal

Perhaps a new trend is emerging – a seniors Internet portal…

Welcome to our web portal, a broad-based and multi-functional place to explore the internet, participate in engaging activities, create and maintain important information with safety and security, find pertinent and important information, find providers of services on a local basis and products which can be ordered with ease. We have designed the portal taking into consideration the needs and desires of the 55+ population, their family, friends and caregivers.

via My Senior Portal.