An 86-year-old gymnast from Germany, a patron who’s frequented the same pub for 72 years, the world’s poorest and most generous president, the incomparable Clint Eastwood, and a Chinese grandfather-turned-high-fashion supermodel: they’re all on George Stroumboulopoulous’s 5 favorite seniors of the year list (check out the post for terrific photos of each individual).
“Strombo,” who is a Canadian radio and TV talk show host, gives this reason for sharing his best of collection: “As exciting as a new year always is, it also means we’re all going to be another year older. But as they say, you’re only as young as you feel. And these folks are definitely proof of that.”
The best way to combat a negative view of aging? Cherishing the older adults who defy the stereotypes our society has placed on them for too long.
Although the view of seniors is slowly trending towards a more positive one — as it should, since in 30 years, they will comprise 20% of the American population, per Census projections — there is always room to grow. If you don’t have a favorite senior(s) in your life, either ones you admire from afar or a special grandparent, friend or neighbor you know well, look around. There are plenty of role models in your community and social networks. Better yet, start a new friendship with a senior in assisted living: they have stories to share and life wisdom to give.