Granny’s on Instagram! In the COVID-19 era, older adults see time differently and are doing better than younger people
Marcia G. Ory, founding director of the Texas A&M Center of Population Health and Aging, has been studying the effects of COVID-19 on the older adult population. Her overall finding: “older adults – despite their awareness of increased risk – are generally not reporting more feelings of anxiety, anger or stress than younger age groups.”
Now in her late 70s, poet Nikki Giovanni has never stopped writing over “her 52-year career.”
“Her staying power over half a century comes from a stream of acclaimed work, her proclivity for a punishing schedule of tours and readings, and a fearlessness born of not caring what foolish people think.”
I urge you to look for an article similar to this one in your own local newspaper.
From the Seattle Times: “But at the end of a very overwhelming year, we asked our writers to look back and identify some good things we discovered or experienced within ourselves and our communities in 2020. Here’s what they came up with.”
Kevin Grant tells the story of his father’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 58.
Kevin Berger reports on an interview with Daniel Levitin, age 62. An emeritus professor of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University, Levitin’s book Successful Aging offers insight into how aging affects our bodies.
Asked why we age, Levitin replies, “We age because there’s been no evolutionary pressure to keep our bodies alive for a long time. I don’t know why that is and I don’t think anybody does.”
© 2020 by Mary Daniels Brown