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If younger people — teenagers, college students and young adults — really understood what their lives would be like at 80, 90 and beyond, would they take better care of themselves?
Part of Growing Bolder’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to put their health first, to pursue their passions, to chase their dreams and to prove that it’s not about age; it’s about attitude.
And it seems other have adopted that mission as well. Recently, students at Washington University actually got a sneak peek at what their futures might look like, in a simulation project. The program, which is called “When I’m 64” in reference to the Beatles’ hit, had freshmen student sit in wheelchairs, block their hearing and make other adjustments to replicate some of the aging issues that we all deal with.
They also discussed things like end of life care, and were asked to confront not just their hopes and plans, but how these real-life decisions might be affected by policy and economic changes.
Freshmen in college today have a 50% chance of reaching the age of 100, so it’s about educating them and others that it’s not just how long you live, but how well you live.
The age wave has presented all of us with incredible opportunities, and you don’t need to look much further for role models than the men and women who are our:
Rock Stars of Aging®.
At age 109, Ruth became the world’s oldest blogger, filing video blogs under the screen name of Ruth1898.
At 104, Harold Rotenberg was still in love with life, still in love with his wife, and still in love with his art. And he wasn’t alone. Major museums and art collectors worldwide collected (and still do) his work. Harold passed away at the age of 105 but left behind a legacy of great art and an example of how passion for life leads to longevity.
Before passing away at the age of 112, Onie Ponder was amazingly spry, witty, charming and engaged in life. In fact, she voted in every Presidential election since 1920. Onie Ponder is one in a million and we were proud to tell her story.
You can also read these stories and get 50 Ways to Live to 100, from these centenarians themselves, at http://rockstar.growingbolder.com.
And there are so many other amazing and inspirational people. Our partners at SeniorAdvisor have launched a monthly Active Aging Role Model Series, featuring two of our favorite women:
- Georgina Harwood (see our GB Facebook post here!)
- Barbara Beskind (listen to our interview with Barbara on GB Radio here!)
So, how are you working to become one of our Rock Stars of Aging®? Get out there and start Growing Bolder!