Do you aspire to be elderly or an elder?
Aging is a universal truth: we all age every day. We also age differently. My experience of aging and yours are going to be unique experiences for each of us. The aging experience is felt in the body, the emotions, intellectually and spiritually.
At some point as we grow older, we look back at our lives more frequently. We think and talk about our accomplishments; our younger selves. We may look back at learning to be a parent or a partner or our career choices. And somewhere along the way, there may be a point when we are asked about getting a senior discount or we look at the holiday pictures and wonder, “Who’s the balding old guy with our grandchildren?”
I recently had a conversation with a family member about the difference between the word “elderly” and the word “elder.” We had a bit of fun looking up a definition of each, and we were surprised at what we discovered. For the complete article see the 01-25-2013 issue.
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