Older Adulthood Should Be Embraced, Celebrated

By Sandy Greenstein
Special to The Outlook

Photo courtesy Pasadena Senior Center
Sandy Greenstein, president of the Pasadena Senior Center board, is pictured with the organization’s executive director, Akila Gibbs.

Myths, assumptions and stereotypes about older adults abound, even two decades into the 21st century: Most are disconnected from the mainstream, stuck in the past, a crotchety and feeble bunch, no longer bring value to the workplace … and the list goes on. The fact is that older Americans today in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are leading longer, healthier lives than their parents and grandparents ever could have hoped for.
Even the terminology has changed: Terms such as “elderly” and “senior citizens” now bear the stigma of dependence and being pushed aside. These terms have been largely replaced by “older adults,” which translates to independence, experience and wisdom. Language matters.
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