This and posts to follow are from Ellen Cole’s presentation to the Albany Guardian Society. Author of several books, Ellen presents her 8-year research project on Positive Aging for women (which is relevant and interesting for men, too). She shares what a cross-section of diverse women have to say about their lives, the challenges and joys, and what we can learn about thriving in our 8th decade and beyond.
We hope you find this information interesting and useful, and will let us know what you think about it.
Definition of Positive Aging:
“The mission of positive aging is to add more life to our years, not more years to our lives.” – (George Vaillant)
And why the heck is this work important?
Here’s why: Increased life expectancy is one of the most significant success stories, and one of the most significant challenges, of our time.
The number of U.S. baby boomers is estimated currently to be 78.2 million.
This year, 2019, we’ll see 7, 918 baby boomers turn 73 each day, 330 each hour.
By 2050, 1 in 5 Americans will be “seniors,” over age 65, and four in ten girls born today are expected to live to be 100.
Stanford longevity researcher Laura Carstensen calls this a “longevity revolution—the social and biological revolution of our time.” At a recent conference I attended for mental health counselors, I heard it referred to as “The Silver Tsunami.”
(More to come in Comments below and as Posts to follow)