commercials of silver-haired couples taking romantic strolls on the beach, senior women lifting two-pound weights in yoga pants, and similarly-aged men mowing the lawn and looking purposefully at the horizon. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with beach dates or light workouts, but it doesn’t really address the issue of aging head-on. It’s like a dream of healthy
seniorhood, as imagined by people who still don’t believe they’ll ever actually
and by 2050 this percentage is expected to surpass 30% in Canada and most of Europe. We ain’t getting’ any younger! So what does it mean to age well? And what do we need to do in order to get there?
develops as you age. The World Health Organization defines functional ability in the following terms:
● The ability to meet your basic needs (healthy
finances, a safe place to live, warm clothes, clean water, nutritious food,
access to medical care, etc)
● The ability to learn, grow and make decisions
● The ability to be mobile (walking, exercising,
● The ability to build and maintain relationships (family, friends, community)
● The ability to contribute to society (volunteering)
for that cause you’ve been meaning to help out, or schedule that massage. Aging isn’t always easy, but it’s a privilege all the same. So here’s to making the most of the opportunity.