About 15 years ago, after more than 25 years as a runner, I awoke one morning to incredible back pain -- as in, I couldn't get out of bed. Because I was in the habit of running, it never occurred to me to stop.
When someone says, "But I don't feel 50," it implies that 50 is supposed to feel bad. We believe that because we've been programmed to believe it for decades. We have the power to redefine what it means to grow old.
What if some factor in Standard & Poor's downgrade is their unchallenged belief that older adults are essentially a "burden" -- that your mom and dad (and in the years ahead -- you) have absolutely nothing useful to contribute to society?
Faced with a body that may not be able to physically perform like it once did -- and perhaps plagued with family issues or retirement concerns that are unique to aging -- older folks are often fearful ...
Elder abuse occurs in a variety of forms: physical, mental, sexual, financial and neglect. With its focus on youth, consumption and productivity, and living for today, our culture is complicit in this turning away.
Every generation gripes about the next one. If you're complaining about young peoples' short attention spans caused by Twitter or the reduction in their thinking and problem solving skills caused by Google, stop it.