What does old look like to you? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Perhaps you’ve already felt it. You’re beginning to slow down a bit, you’ve found your first grey hair, or you don’t quite get the Tide Pod challenge. (If you didn’t don’t worry, neither did we. The idea of eating liquid laundry detergent was never really appealing in the back of our minds).
But what does old look like? And what does it mean to be a senior nowadays? Our population is rapidly aging around the world, a silver tsunami many economists have dubbed it. But yet we’ve been hesitant to put in the conversation and the money that we need to support this group of upcoming seniors, baby (55-70), middle (71-85) and senior (86 and beyond). We’re also hesitant even to address this issue, which is where we are getting into trouble in the first place. The idea of this issue just going away overnight is preposterous to think. After all, we’re living longer and healthier lives and not just in the G7 countries. It’s happening in most places. Something like this is much too big to ignore, and it also doesn’t make sense to simply pretend it’s not changing the face of our planet. If we are to think that what we do today for seniors won’t have an impact later on for the rest of us, we’re kind of living in a wonderland. Everyone needs to focus on this issue because it will affect almost all of us.
This blog started out originally as just a place to talk about seniors issues, which was great, but we soon realized, there was a lot more to this then just discussing problems our elderly counterparts would face. So we branched the blog off into another one and decided to change the focus a little.
The goals are simple.
- Universal Design
- Building intergenerational community
- Poverty reduction
- Helping people age better
In a way, all of these stack nicely into each other, but from the flipside persepctive, they also work against. However, that’s the joy of life. You try and figure things out. Some things work and others don’t, but you keep trying and you keep encouraging more people to try.
If you ever wanted to learn more about aging and how we can make aging better, start here. You can start here or start 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or even 50. If you start 50 years ago though, you can’t change what the future will be. It’s too late for that. So start here, start now and start today. The more we look ahead to the outcomes of the future, the better the chances we will have to be a thriving community that caters to all ages in the future.