Demographic Aging

This page begins with demographics on aging, and continues on to aging issues.

Aging gracefully is an art... successful aging is quite doable for all of us.

How does age define us? 

Some things are simply beyond our control... we will age.

Why not look at age as another stage in life? Don't freak out about it. Instead, be grateful you are still on this earth! 

We are blessed to live another day. We all know many family and friends who didn't make it to our age... we are blessed!

Consider this:

There are oodles of young people who are old.

There are oodles of old people that are young.

Isn't that so darn true? Isn't age, to some extent, based on your perspective of life?

Sometimes, I meet someone my age and think that person lived a hard life... they look old, they have an old attitude, and simply seem down and depressed. That's not how I want to age.

 Age is NOT just a number, it's an attitude too!

Let's age gracefully together...

Before we get into Aging, this is the funniest senior video showing technology and seniors!

Don't you just love it?  Ok, admit it -- is this you?

OK, enough fun... on to Aging.

One concept: Some gerontologists believe in different categories of aging seniors:

  • Young-Old - age 65 - 74 
  • Old-Old - 75 - 84  
  • Oldest-Old - over age 85

These ages are ever increasing, just like our own life expectancies. Please don't let a number define you!

As we age, we can choose to be happy, busy, and fulfilled in retirement. You can also choose to be unhappy, a couch potato, and living a boring retirement.

LIFE is a choice -- your own choice -- and it's all about attitude. Even in your mid-80s, you can choose to stay home or get out of the house to interact with your community. It's all about choices...

You CAN live a more authentic-to-you, positive, engaged lifestyle in retirement!

Here are some aging statistics, and some retirement statistics on aging  to show how quickly the older generation is growing.

Then, some stats on the baby boomers, separated into the younger boomers, middle boomers and older boomers. Boomers grew up in very different eras, as this page will reveal!

2015 White House Conference on Aging here 

Functional Age

Did you know about Functional Age? Your chronological age is your age based on your birth year. Your functional age is based on how your body functions. We all age differently.

Some folks at age 65 might function like a 50-year old... others like age 75.

Even different parts of the body age differently... eyes (eye sight) might age quicker compared to ears (hearing) OR you are physically fit and active but you have dry older skin.

Subjective Age

What is Subjective Age? It's how you view yourself... again, your attitude! Some folks at 75 feel young still and stay very active and fun. Others  feel old and defeated at 55. Why is that? How sad is that?

People in different age groups also subjectively classify folks as old. Remember when you were age 10 and your parents and teachers (age 30-40) were "old"? At age 40, you might consider those retired as "old" but might consider your boss at age 50-60 as still full of vim and vigor. It depends on their view of themselves and their looks and actions too.

Count your blessings -- look for them, I bet there are many!

Brain Age

What is your Brain Age? Keep that brain a-thinking! 

Aging Brain... some great articles and videos for you!

Read, do puzzles, write a blog or website, work or volunteer, anything to keep your mental abilities... it's important to your well-being!

Happiness Vs. Depression in Aging

Seek out new challenges -- life changes as we live it and our attitude towards change makes or breaks our new retired life.  We need to take control over our own happy retirement.

Life is short: don't let yourself go there! Depression hurts. Read more about anxiety and depression after retirement here.

Aging Gracefully requires the right attitude... aging is inevitable but we can sure have fun while we live it!

Alzheimer's Disease

Sept 21st is National Alzheimers Day! I never knew that... check out this image to learn more about the statistics of Alzheimers.

IF you need to help someone with Alzheimers, I've written about it here. 

Seniors Talk about Aging 

Brother Bon, a monk from Germany, writes about Christian seniors and life. He turned age 75 in 2012 and is doing great, despite bouts of depression.

Irwin writes about Aging: a time to find our passion in life. If you read his personal story, he is quite an inspiration, just like Brother Bon.

My friend, Pete, wrote about his view on life at age 80. He died just a few years later but it's nice to see he was quite content with life at 80.

Check out one group of women and their  comments on aging and friends. Your friends can pull you through the tough times and give you great JOY in the good times! 

Thoughts on aging - What makes you start feeling old? and when do you feel young again? Read what other retirees think...

Eyes and Ears

If you have vision problems, and yet you LOVE your computer - this these large print keyboards. You can buy little stickers for the keys too, cheap and so effective!

Take care of your hearing... deafness isn't the norm. One little hearing aid and nobody knows!  Don't miss out on life happening around you, just because you can't hear well.

Mobility and Simply Getting Around

Jean gained her independence with her senior citizen scooter.

Aging Quotes and Jokes!

Aging Quotes - funny and thought provoking!

Aging Jokes - hey, we might as well laugh at ourselves as we age!


Aging Gracefully isn't always easy, but it is definitely do able. Learn something new. Join a new book club. Create an "Out to Lunch Bunch" and have some FUN conversation... just don't sit there!

Share your two cents on Aging...

When do you feel old? When do you feel young?

Do you have an experience to share with others to put "aging" into perspective? It is what you make of it, and sometimes getting older is for the dogs, other times you might just enjoy that serenity and wisdom that comes with age!

Check out what previous visitors have said about AGING!

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Be Grateful for Little Problems 
I recently experienced some health problems while travelling. I thought it was my gall bladder because the pain was so intense on one side. My doctor …

Retirement: I am Enough 
I have been exploring this territory known as retirement. The obvious message that comes with retirement is that I no longer have to "earn" a living. …

Retired: Who am I? 
I have now been in retirement mode for a year. Unlike most of the members of the group, I did not retire until I was 82. Worked for the same company …

A fabulous 80th birthday 
April 10th, was my 80th birthday.😁 My daughter asked me to give her suggestions about what kind of party I wanted. Well, I knew, I didn't want a bunch …

Driving Miss Norma 
This story is from the Driving Miss Norma Facebook page. What an inspirational story! I love it and just had to share with readers too! WOW! Wendy …

"Getting older is inevitable, but aging is optional" 
I have to pass this on. The title statement above is a quote from Christiane Northrup , MD, who claims "Health can be contagious." My daughter had phoned …

Keep Moving If You Can, In Your Mind and With Your Body 
I look for interesting sites on line and have a few penpals I email. I enjoy occasional meetups with local friends and walk regularly with a good friend. …

About Aging 
The local newspaper just printed my letter to the editor in which I quoted last year's Census Bureau's findings. Beside the fact that the average age …

How I Know I Am Older 
Or, Oh, My God! When Did I Begin Talking To Myself? The first inkling of aging came when my barber casually remarked one morning while I sat …

JUST IN CASE 
This beautiful story was posted last summer, and I just found it! Yikes! Great lesson to be learned from Sheila!! Thank you! JUST IN CASE… I …

It's Never Too Late For LOVE 
When your mate has passed on, you are understandably grief-stricken. You’ve had many wonderful years together and now you’re alone with only memories to …

SLEEP 
Lately I've been experiencing interrupted sleep. I wake up 4 or 5 times a night and spend my days exhausted, irritable and depressed. Any suggestions? …

I feel that this is something that we all must face in life, sooner or later. 
I look at life, like we live in this world - we blossom like a flower, it withers, it dies, and that's the same way it is with us growing old. Live …

Memory: Oops I Found It! 
Oops, where Did I Leave It? I lost my car keys. I have searched everywhere. You know what? It doesn’t matter. I won’t need them unless I find my …

Just a happy Kiwis thoughts 
Happy because there is no other option if you want to survive a disability and getting older. I may be a bit weird but I would rather laugh than cry so …

I have no age, Ha! 
Laugh at the goofy idea people have when they put a number on a life. Why torture yourself with thinking about "AGE"? The pursuit of happiness …

Hospitalized, again... Anyone take Coumadin? 
It's been a CRAZY month -- Dad was in the hospital for four days, but came home fine. My parents then suddenly arranged to go to Vegas with us for 2 weeks …

Shingles changed Everything 
A month ago I got shingles. Before that I felt young and vibrant. Since it's only been a month, I'm still hoping for a reprieve. I do yoga, tai chi, …

What is old age? 
What is old age? Here I am almost 73 years of age and to some individuals I am considered old. In today’s world I guess that means I am a “senior citizen”. …

Aging: Memory? 
In recent years I have noticed my memory is not what it used to be. I have trouble remembering things, especially names. Do you have the same problem. …

Important Advice 
I'm a man who is in his sixties. As I reflect on my school days, it would have been nice to be told the following: "If you tell the truth, you don't …

More thoughts on Aging Gracefully 
The following quote by George Burns just about says it all. When we retire we give up one type of life for another. Now some of us, especially those of …

Cranky Old Man - A Poem By Dave Griffith 
Wendy, Your web page on Aging reminded me of the following. I came across the following poem written by an old Australian man who was living in a nursing …

AGING : YES, YOU CAN'T WISH IT AWAY !  
Yes, aging is a fact of life. As the poet says, "And our hearts though stout and brave, are still beating funeral marches to the grave". The …

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Getting Old is Not for Sissies 
“Getting old is not for sissies!” Bette Davis one time said. At least, I do believe--I think--perhaps--that’s what I read. My mind’s a little fuzzy …

Yoga for Seniors 
Our senior center in the little town of Yellow Springs, OH, offers adapted yoga by a qualified teacher two times a week, and it is really helpful for movement …

Centenarians learn to live longer and better 
In the Lansing, Michigan, State News, Physician Tom Perls tells how to live 100 years or more. Perls is an expert on reserach , and the medical director …

Book Review: I Like Being Old, A Guide to Making the Most of Aging 
I am writing this on January 16th, 2010, the day before my 89th birthday. I like to read books by older authors (older than me) who share …

Aging and Death: Will never be ready! 
I see aging as every day is a day closer to death.. Every day you get slower, your organs slow and deteriorate, there's no escaping it. No matter what …

Aging is Inevitable, but... 
Growing old is something that each of us think about on a regularly basis. We all know that we cannot stop the passing of time and I often think about …

Aging: My Thoughts at Age 81 
Well, being 81 years old, I feel qualified to write about aging. First, look around at elderly people, they are all old, but they are all different. …

Age 78, still working, despite disability 
I continue to work full time. Because I remarried later in life and had an additional two children, the youngest is now eighteen. He is ready for college. …

Don't be afraid of heart bypass surgery ....  
Listen to your doctor and not to the next man in the park or club. Hi, fellow retiree friends ! I had a problem of shortness of breath in June, …

Successful Aging 
Check out these Successful Aging stories from readers who are sharing their stories...

Aging Gracefully on the
"Green Side of the Grass" (video)
 
We've been talking about Aging lately... then I ran across this funny video that I just had to share! This video is about the aging issues that we've …

Retirement Statistics and Aging Seniors 
These retirement statistics are from the U.S. Census Bureau: 2010 Census Brief on the growth of the senior population. Age65+ In 2010, over 40 …

AARP Statistics 
This week, AARP released a preliminary study of a survey they conducted in October 2010 with 5,000+ men and womeen, age 50 and older. 24.7% have exhausted …

Age 80: Lucky inherited genes a gift 
"You do not look 80!" I both love hearing it and get upset hearing it. The apheresis employees said it as they met this described 80 year old who …

Feeling young when training younger workers... 
Hi~ I am 54... and I feel young when am doing my work. The only thing make me feel old is my hair and my diet. I am very energetic because I …

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