Thursday, January 06, 2011

real age is the new old age

My generation’s vision of an ageless old age bears about as much resemblance to real old age as our earlier idealization of painless childbirth without drugs did to real labor.
Susan Jacoby on aging, in the New York Times. (Via Rhonda at Down to Earth).

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4 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

the NYT wouldn't want to print anything on my senility experience with the aged Mr Magoo who spends most days impersonating Father Ted's colleague Fr. Jack.

12:32 am  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

as recently as the 1970's, being 40 was considered the end of the line for women and for actresses particularly. I have a magazine with Brigitte Bardot on the cover as she turned 40 and their heading was 'if she thinks 40 is the end of beauty, what hope for the rest of us?'

Then it was "doesn't Steinem look fantastic for 53?"
and her legendary reply "this is what 53 looks like"

the NYT piece has 'eating a nutritious diet or continuing to work hard — significantly delays or prevents Alzheimer’s. This was the undeniable and undefiable conclusion in April of a major scientific review sponsored by the National Institutes of Health'
and that is all I have to cling to.
Will blueberries and omega-3 save my face and brain from shrivelling into a human prune.

12:46 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Stacks and Ann glad you liked the article. You never know, perhaps NYT or similar would print something on the Magoo experience!

12:14 pm  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

My major online entertainment source The Daily Mail has a feature on 3 76-year old actresses making no concessions to ageing. Easy with huge cash reserves I guess, although Jane Fonda's psych body image issues have not been cured in 60 years.

5:37 am  

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