Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Another Take on Aging - What is 80?

In the news over recent years are the endless stories of how aging American’s are taking charge of their lives like never before. We’ve heard the saying, “40 is the new 20,” well there is a new twist. 80 is the new 30.” If you ask me that is quite a jump – and tells us that people are not ready to sit on their rockers and watch the world go by without them – they plan on being on the ride or leading it.

There is a growing number of Octogenarians or older are taking on big companies, leading others to higher sales, or even starting their own new company. The thought, by these “not ready to retire,” rebels, is that life has too much to offer to sit back and not enjoy all that is available to them.

For some, at 85 they run a company and look forward to ski trips to Vail, Co. Others are heading up their own companies, begun only a few years ago. While one tough 106yr old continues to oversee his shop, with no signs of slowing down.

I read these articles, see the people behind them. Those who refuse to sit down and become a fixture on a porch, refuse to sit in front of the T.V. We can learn a lesson from them all. As I have passed my 40th b-day and 41st, I see these older Americans as role-models, it is them I can turn to when my time comes.

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