I was fortunate to be interviewed by Sharon Dargay at the Observer-Eccentric, Hometown Life publication. Her article appeared last weekend. I tried to make the point that we need to look aging squarely in the eye, so that we can prepare for that period of our lives and make the most of its opportunities. The media can help us change perceptions of aging that are outmoded and inaccurate. Older adults aren’t old ladies in house dresses knitting in their rocking chairs or old men puttering around in the garage. Today’s older adult is engaged and active. We’re involved in our communities; we’re staffing the polls; we’re helping our children and grandchildren; we’re mentoring younger people; we’re volunteering; we’re working out; we’re caring for ill family members; we’re engaging in creative pursuits; and we’re starting encore careers. We also command significant assets and income. I truly appreciated the opportunity to promote positive aging and to emphasize the need to transform our attitudes and perceptions of later life!
Sue Sweeney, Chair, Department of Aging Studies, Madonna University