5 ways to improve the culture of aging
Whether we like it or not, every one of us is continually aging.
We lose 1% of bodily functions every year of our life in all of
our organ systems. However, our lifestyle choices can make
a huge difference in the way we age and
the actual amount of loss that we experience.
Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, have reached
the age of 50, 60 or beyond. As we approach the latter years
of our lives, we start having concerns that we rarely thought
about at earlier ages.
Age discriminations hits us when we least expect it.
As an active tennis player, someone who ran around the
court like a beaver, I noticed a subtle change in the response
of my partners when they discovered my actual age.
When creating videos on Google Hangouts, without
the advantage of great lighting and proper makeup cover ups,
older men and women are at a distinct disadvantage.
Walking on the beach where we see slender, muscular young
men and women, we can become painfully aware of our own
excess weight, less than firm arms
and protruding bellies.
To paraphrase what the famous actress Jane Fonda once said:
“Aging creates new challenges”. We have to be strong to face,
handle and overcome the many losses, disappointments,
discrimination and physical challenges that inevitably occur
as we age. This guest post provides some understanding and
hope for dealing with the process of aging.
5 ways to improve the culture of aging
Guest Blog By Alfred Stallion at Foresthc.com
Older adults often feel socially useless. However many of
them still want to give meaning to their lives. Age is a
biological function that we cannot stop, and sooner
or later we will all be 60, 70, 80 or more.
It’s something we must learn to cope with. We should see
age as a wealth of incredible life experiences that makes
us who we are as individuals. Thanks to advanced
technology and medical advancements, the quality of
our lives as seniors can be greatly improved.
Old age has a different meaning in society now that
top-quality medical care exists; and seniors in their
70s can live alone comfortably and without any sort of
stress. Many general aspects linked to the aging process
also depend on gender, social class, race
and additional social factors.
1. Aging in society – overcoming the negative
cultural associated with aging
Many older adults cast in movies and TV shows have
secondary roles. They’re mothers, fathers, or
grandparents and they often feature a negative cultural
attitude towards the process of growing old. In the US,
society is focused on the young; they’re widely
advertised through their sexuality and beauty.
In American comedies, seniors are
often associated with hostility and grumpiness.
Older people rarely convey joy and happiness.
To improve the culture of aging, we must ditch this
stereotype. Each culture of people has its own set of
assumptions and expectations, all of which are included
in the socialization process. Whereas the approach
towards adulthood is seen as a source of pride, aging
causes feelings of embarrassment and shame. Seniors
should engage in fun activities on a daily basis to keep
themselves entertained; they should surround
themselves with people in the same age group,
and they must enjoy life to its fullest potential.
The better they feel in their skin the greater
chances they have to be happy and fulfilled.
2. Increased life expectancy
With the advent of technology and the internet,
seniors can now live happier and healthier than
ever before. Apart from pioneering breakthroughs
in the medical field, old people have the internet to
help them make informed decisions. Eating
healthier, exercising regularly, and engaging in
fun activities in their 70s will help cope better with
the aging process. A proper diet plan keeps the body
stronger and the mind more active. This fights off
stress and negative thoughts
associated with aging.
3. Conscious choices
Researchers argue that ageism is currently a lot
more pervasive than other negative thoughts
linked to sexual orientation, gender or race.
The way we look at the aging process affects
our health and general wellbeing.
How do we stay happy in our 60s and 70s?
It’s tough for the average senior to find viable
reasons to enjoy life at this age; but it’s not
something impossible to attain. It’s very
important to look at ageism with a fresh pair of
eyes. You’ve lived a life full so far, so what’s
left for you to do now?
Start by enjoying the little things.
Spend time with the kids and grandkids,
go out as often as you can to admire the
natural habitat, travel to place you’ve never
been before and take care of yourself.
Keep your brain active; read books and fill
your soul with constructive affirmations.
4. Overcome negative stereotypes
Unfortunately, ageism leads to negative
stereotypes. These are often more powerful
than our positive thinking. To encourage
older adults to be more positive, the first
step is to convince them to overcome negative
stereotypes connected to the aging process.
We must improve their problem-solving
skills and boost their mental flexibility.
This way they’ll be able to
stay happier in their 70s.
5. Age diversity at work
Older people in their 50s have the most
difficulties when it comes to working in an
environment driven by youngsters. They
often feel incapable of competing with them;
however business owners and HR
departments can help older adults get
their confidence back. The right training and
a work environment that’s age diversified
will help them feel like part of a team.
This encourages them to do their jobs
There are viable solutions to
improving the culture of aging.
Older people shouldn’t feel left out.
Ageism is a natural biological process that
eventually gets us all. Providing that
seniors can understand that, they will have
the strength to embrace their 50s and 60s,
and live happily in a
community surrounded by youth.