Memorable Monday: The “Power of Age”

PowerOfAgePeople lament advancing age. And it’s hardly any wonder if you look at the world around us!

Advertising for cosmetics, plastic surgery, health care products, fashion, food and travel would have us believe that any age above 20-something renders us less interesting and important. But America’s aging Baby Boomers and “seniors” everywhere certainly disagree and are celebrating Older Americans Month by touting the “Power of Age.”

Today’s “seniors” work longer, volunteer in their communities, remain physically active, take college classes they eschewed in their youth, provide care to grandchildren and make life-changing contributions throughout the world. Pope Francis was named to lead the Catholic Church at  76, Queen Elizabeth of England at age 85 maintains a schedule that would tire those half her age, American fashion designer Vera Wang is a very young 63, and Harrison Ford is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood at age 70. And although you may be thinking, “yeah, but they have lots of advantages,” chances are you know people in your own community who are making substantial contributions well into their 80s and beyond!

Mom Karen says that inventor Henry Ford has inspirational words for those in the second half of their lives: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Age is only a three-letter word. Don’t allow it to keep you from dreaming and accomplishing exciting new things in life!

This month, “unleash the power of age,” and keep on keeping on!

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