In the first camp are the “denialists,” who collectively pump billions into “age-defying” products, pretending old age won’t happen to them. “Realists” are in the second camp. They don’t deny aging but hope that between lots of kale, yoga, and active living, they won’t have to deal with it for a while. In the third camp are “enthusiasts,” people like Thomas and Applewhite, who actively embrace aging, acknowledging its beauty and possibilities, as well as its potential challenges.
Whenever I call myself a positive aging writer/thinker/blogger, I worry that people think it means I advocate facelifts, etc. Maybe in the future I’ll change it to “aging enthusiast,” because that describes it better. The rest of the article, written by Sally Fox, is here.
What about you? Are you a denialist, a realist, or an enthusiast?