the aging senior is not 65. when you are 65, you are just a senior. when you are 95, you are an aging senior. by that, i mean that you become actively involved in the daily progression of your own aging. aging is a verb, and the very old don’t look like they are “doing” very much, but they are.
We have so many words for youth: kid, teens, infants, tot and toddlers. They all connote action, activity and busyness, and as we get older, middle aged, retired, the words stumble and slow down.
The vast middle of our lives is filled with things, people, so many moments and long spans of time, doing stuff, but the very ends of our lives are purely focused on navigating our aging self. It is exhausting and challenging and mysterious.
We all know what it’s like to grow up, have a family, get old, but to be 95. We can only imagine that. Like the blossoming development of infancy, we don’t really know what it’s like to be really old, persistently un-developing.
The very old are busy. they are busy with figuring out how to be in and relate to the world around them.
The deserve all the help we can give them.
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