Fact of life

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

Thank you, Juneau Empire and Kristan Hutchison, for the recent series of articles about aging Alaskans. The articles were based upon factual data and presented in a thought-provoking manner. Getting older is a fact of life that many people choose to ignore, lament, deny or just pretend that it is something that is happening to everyone else.

The realization that seniors are the fastest-growing population group in America today indicates that this demographic revolution will change virtually every aspect of our society. Those who are turning 50 years old today will have half of their adult lives to question what they will do with the rest of their lives. Simultaneously, this same group will encounter some of the most serious and complex challenges of their lives, both as individuals and as a society. Some of them will view longevity as a calamity that will deplete all of their future resources. Others will view longevity as a wonderful opportunity for additional contributions to the resources pool, and providing valuable enrichment for an improved quality of life.

Depending upon their personal values and philosophic perspectives, readers will decide for themselves whether the glass is half-empty or half-full.

Rosalee T. Walker


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