If you google “The 2030 Problem” you get about 203 million Hit. What is this clearly compelling danger on the horizon?
It is us.
According to this summary (one of many), the impact of aging baby boomers will be challenging around 2030 due to the size of our age cohort, rising health care costs, and other economic and social pressures that will grow exponentially.
Many experts warn; others offer advice – stay healthy, stay active, stay social, be smart with your money – the usual advice. Some suggest that this has to go hand in hand with a reshaping of the perception of older people by society and the aging process ̵
But how? Personally, I would like to see the end of attempts to change the culture of using images of older people who simply look like 30 year olds with white hair, or the idea that a lively older person is a person who surfs or glider hangs. or who started their second career as painters in the garage of their country house. We can’t all be Keith Richards or Maye Musk. How about pictures of an average person over 60 or 65? Or use older models in ads for technologies such as cell phones or tablets? Or try harder to accommodate the inevitable changes that time brings for us all? (How to put pressure on instructions or ingredients large enough to be read without a magnifying glass?)
But i am What about you? What would you like to see in a cultural change that reinterprets aging? Let us know in the comments! Take a minute to go to Old School, an anti-aging resource and information clearinghouse.
Virge Randall is Managing Editor of Senior Planet. She is also a freelance culture reporter searching for hidden and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers. Her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” gives the old school New York City a new twist. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at [email protected]