Is Age Really Just a State of Mind?
Recent studies suggest many of us are going to be around longer than our parents were, but will those latter years be worth living?
Statistically, worldwide we’re likely to be living longer than our parents. The 116th birthday celebration of Besse Cooper of Monroe, Ga. on Sunday bears testament to that. This, of course varies from country to country, but according to infoplease.com, it has gone from an average joint lifespan for men and woman in 1960 of 69.7 to 78.7 by 2010. That’s an increase of almost 10 years in just half a century. The big question, however, is will we be able to make those extra 10 years worth living?
According to Patch bloggers Sheri and Bill Eppright, yes – and baby boomers are leading the way. A featured Patch photo of 70-year-old Bud Stacy surfing behind the wake of a boat on Lake Sinclair suggests that some even before the baby boomer age have it figured out.
Our question today is, now that we’re going to be living 10 years longer than our parents, are we going to be able to make those years worth living? And if so, what is the best way to do so?