Aging is Valuable
It’s not easy to lead a long life without feeling old. That’s why most people are afraid of frailty in old age. This fear is further fostered through the public discourse and politicians talking about “challenges” or “difficulties” that emerge with the demographic change.
Alas, it is often overseen that due to the improvements in medical care, our seniors stay valuable members of our society for years or decades. Thus, all of us can take advantage of their wealth of experiences and expertise, both in private and public life.
If the proportion of young and old generation is further changing, the young will even better benefit from the wide variety of experience and knowhow of the elderly. It’s already now that companies are faced with a strong decrease of young applicants. After years of age-related discriminations and high unemployment rates of plus-50 workers, companies begin to worship their experienced seniors, involving them in an advisory capacity even beyond their retirement.
Also for private life, an eventful and enjoyable after-working-life might be expected due to the increasing life expectancy and prolongation of health span. Compared with regard to their soundness, capabilities and activity, today’s septuagenarians strongly differ from those 50 years ago.
The extending of healthy lifespan, which is the overall goal of FLI’s research, will help people to lose their fear from getting old and, instead, to find its good sides.