Know the Truth about Aging
I know about aging because I am a gerontologist.Therefor I am always eager to hear the topic discussed in the news. However, I never imagined the 2016 election put a spotlight in ageism in America. This morning as I caught up on the latest political news a news clip caught my eye. Dr. Kelli Ward the U.S. Senate Candidate challenging John McCain for his seat said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, “He’s gotten weak. He’s gotten old.”
First of all when did it become acceptable to judge someone’s value because of their age? Secondly, does that mean older constituents are unimportant? Lastly, is everyone ignoring the fact that in four years for the first time in history individuals age 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five?
Dr. Ward here is my message to you, we all age and we all age differently. Age does not meet the loss of intellect, skill or wisdom. It does mean an individual has made several life choices that resulted in aging well. Muhammed Ali said it the best, “The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Dr. Ward Happy Pre-Birthday next January enjoy your 48th birthday and I hope you have many more!
Judi Bonilla author of Freewheeling after Sixty and Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. Previously she was a fellow for Hispanic In Philanthropy and Senior Service America, Inc. Bonilla has spoken at South by Southwest (SXSW) the American Society on Aging, and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She has received a Special Commendation from the City of San Diego for the inaugural Older Driver Awareness Week in San Diego, the Association of Travel Instruction Jack Gorelick Achievement Award for her passionate commitment and perseverance to the growth of the profession of travel instruction and the Women In Transportation Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.