Aging — The particular
period of life at which a person becomes naturally or conventionally The
particular period of life at which a person becomes naturally or conventionally
qualified or disqualified for anything.
According to a quick
search in google engine (a reliable source to most) the statement above is the
very definition to the word “aging.” A word so sensitive that people
almost fear it because of the negative associations that comes with it. I think
people tend to forget that from the very moment we are put on this earth, we
begin the process of aging. And with those years come all the knowledge,
wisdom, and experience that we’re so capable of absorbing because of the
process. Aging is the most natural and humane movement of any species. It shows
proof of existence; a life fully lived with bountiful of experiences and useful
learnings69 to pass along to the next generation to come.
Based on further
research conducted by the Census Bureau, a percentage of 14.5% in our
population consists of people between the ages of 65 and above. That is
approximately 46.2 million in numbers as of July 2014 and those numbers are
only increasing as our habitat becomes overcrowded with people from all walks
With these shocking
statistics, I understand how one might fear getting to the age where you’re
considered “old”. As there are stages to aging – the primary ones
being shrinking in size, the skin losing its youth and natural glamour, the
thinning and graying of hair, loss of senses and the inevitable illnesses that
will make it hard to be physiological.
The primary stage in
itself is broken down into three steps:
Acceptance that one is becoming old and yet still preferring independency over
being reliant. Managing small health problems and still living a joyful life.
Interdependency – This
step is also a requirement of more acceptance as well as letting go of pride
and becoming reliant on a trusted individual for needed assistant. It’s the
step in which one becomes almost like an adult child. This step is also a
serious decline in health and usually when families start to worry about homes
and communities that will best suit an elderly’s needs.
Dependency – At this
step, a person who is aging is fully relying on the help of families and
professionals for almost their every need as they cope with chronic conditions
The secondary stage of
aging is purely based on how a person has lived their life. Aging also worsens
if a person has had a tough go at life, overfilled with unhealthy stress and/or
engaging in poor habits such as smoking and drinking, which cause shrinking to
the skin, cancer, organ failure as well as a slew of other medical issues. How
someone lives his or her life is one of the major key to how well he or she age
later on in life.
“aging” comes with its pros and cons. A few of the negatives would be
considered as stereotypes and a form of discrimination known as ageism directed
towards a person as they enter that stage in which they are considered old.
People have this misconception that as soon as a person hits the ages of 65 and
beyond, they become “Weak, slow and helpless”, instantly making them
uncool and outdated to the world. Especially in this day and age where
technology is advancing and new modes and styles of speech are being discovered
constantly, one is automatically categorized as “aging and old” if
they are not “hip” to the new techs and lingual being used. Some old
people get mocked if they still read The New York Times Magazine as their way
of gaining knowledge on currents as opposed to using the fancy smart devices
that are available worldwide.
Another fallacy that is
told about aging is that; once an individual is of an old age, they forget or
rather stop having fun. This is proven to be false as elderly people continue
to enjoy fun physical activities such as dance classes, long walks, and sports
if they are able. They appreciate time with family and friends, and remain
joyful and satisfied with their quality of life.
As we conclude this
research on aging, I’m hoping that people start coming around to the idea of
aging because with it comes a lot of ups and downs as is all things in life.
Aging is a natural stage of life; it is inevitable and will happen to everyone
as immortality is still proven to be a myth thus far. I would encourage people
my age who are considered as millennials to hold the highest regards, honor and
respect to the people who have come before them and are now “aging”.
I myself have aging grandparents whom I love dearly. I hold their hands tightly
still as I cross the street and we look out for each other. That is how they
live on. Their knowledge becomes ours and we get to pass it on as we create
more life and evolution occurs. Behind, we get to leave a legacy. That to me,
is more of what the definition of aging should be. Aging is legacy. Aging is
beautiful and all things beautiful must go one day.