February is National Senior Independence month. The following is a continuation of a previous blog I posted on baby boomers and includes excerpts from a conversation I had with Beverly Lunsford, a nurse of 40 years and current Director of the Center For Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University. (You can also read Baby Boomers Redefine Aging Part I and II in the March 4 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel weekly magazine.)
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The common expectation of declining health in later years isn’t so set in stone.
By 2020, the population of Americans age 55 to 64 will have grown an unprecedented 73 percent since 2000. And as the population ages, people are proving that a trip around the sun doesn’t have to limit their ability to continue to enjoy life and add value to their community and the world.
A New England woman proved this in the early 20th century. Mary Baker Eddy broke the odds for women and seniors in her day when she founded the international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor in 1908 at the age of 87. She demonstrated the wisdom of her own words: “Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)
These ideas are echoed in the comments of Ken Dychtwald, president and CEO of the consulting firm AgeWave, who moderated the Aging in America Conference last April. In a Huff Post article Dychtwald said: “Today a new model of life is emerging. . . We are thinking of people as beginners again and again.”
Beverly Lunsford shares this premise. A nurse of 40 years and current Director of the Continue reading