|Perigee Moon, 8-10-14 a full moon bringing good things to this Leo|
Today, August 12th at 3:43 - pm (Mountain time) I turn 60! I don't feel 60 (except when my sciatica acts up). I don't think I look 60 (except on the days I notice my eye lashes and brows turning grey). I don't think I act 60 (except on the days I whine about becoming 60).
Thank goodness for the Internet and its myriad quizzes. I've taken three "age" quizzes in the past few days...ya' know, just for fun. Here are the results: on Playbuzz I'm 42. On My Mental Age, a mere 22. On Buzzfeed, 35. Average age - 33! And then I tried "Wii Fit" which said 46, changing the average from 33 to 36, and that's good enough for me!
As we tell ourselves, it's just a number. We are only as old as we feel. Right? Perhaps not.
Once upon a time, I was an adjunct professor teaching Developmental Psychology. Our text referred to specific age ranges. Middle Age is 40-60. Young-Old is 60-80, Old-Old is 80 and beyond. Really? Because placing the word "young" before "old" was going to help any of us feel better about aging?
The authors offered the following as the "good news" for those of us who are apparently the Young-Old:
- Increased life expectancy, with more older people living longer and aging successfully
- Substantial potential for physical and mental fitness, with improvement in each generation
- Evidence of cognitive and emotional reserves in the aging mind
- High levels of emotional and personal well-being
- Effective strategies to master the gains and losses of later life
|Dad 72, me 43, Mom 65, my brother 41|
Photo Credits: Perigee Moon by gmpalm (yep...me!), Ed.D., graduation photo taken by either Lorraine or Steve (classmates) or Janet (sister-in-law).