There was an article in our local paper the other day about a “silver alert” for a 73-year-old elderly man who was missing. The resolution to the story is that the gentleman was found safe. But, in the meantime I was left to wonder. Is 73 really elderly? I don’t know about the rest of the baby boomers, but for me I guess I keep raising the bar.
When I was in my twenties, I would have agreed that 73 was indeed elderly. But as I work my way through my sixties I hope I don’t feel elderly when I reach my seventies. There is a saying that goes, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many”. I agree with that, but let’s hold off on the elderly label for seventy year olds.
There are still lots of things that we baby boomers want to do into our seventies, eighties and beyond. For instance:
A woman in India gave birth to twins at the age of seventy. OK, bad example.
A 70-year-old woman in Minnesota robbed a bank. Not the kind of thing I had in mind.
At the age of 74 Jane Fonda releases two new workout videos.
Now we’re getting somewhere.
In her eighties Barbara Walters is still traveling the world to interview heads of state while still doing daily tv shows and specials.
Doesn’t sound too elderly to me.
The ubiquitous Betty White will be 90 on January 17th.
Need I say more!