The Changing View of Society on Aging

This article explores how society is changing its views on the elderly. “With Clint Eastwood directing films at 80 and Betty White starring in a new sitcom at 88, the pressure for 70-year-olds is not to face mortality, but to kick up those slightly arthritic heels ever higher.”

Says Dr. Basting, “The eight decade is now seen as an active time of life: you’re just past retirement, that’s your time to explore and play mentally.” Society will have to redefine its views on the elderly. More and more of the elderly are staying involved and staying healthy. Age is no longer a factor in determining the activities they choose and society should no longer stereotype what the elderly are capable of.

New York Times

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