By 2030, over 70 million Americans will be beyond traditional retirement age and facing the problems that come with growing old: weakened physical and mental capability, uncertain financial standing, personal loss and loneliness, and a sense of exclusion from America’s age-old affair with youth.
But even as the baby boomer generation moves inexorably toward the 65-year-old divide, scientists, health gurus, and businessmen promise that old age can be “cured”, or at least put on pause.
Is there hope for a new old age, or are we still chasing the fountain of youth?
Best-selling writer and social commentator Susan Jacoby, author of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age, visits Zócalo to ask what old age means, and whether living longer is possible — or even desirable — without living better.
The real experience, beyond the dream world, is the beauty and color and excitement of the real experience of now in everyday life. When we face things as they are, we give up the hope of something better. Depression and ignorance, the emotions, whatever we experience, are all real and contain tremendous truth. If we really want to experience the truth, we have to be where we are. It is just a matter of being a grain of sand.