At Blogher, one of the many booths in the exhibition hall caught my eye because of the question asked big and bold…
How do you feel about getting old?
You could choose between four answers (optimistic, angry, prepared, uneasy) which were denoted by different color stickies and you could add any commentary you wanted. For me, it only took about 2 seconds to think, process, and answer the question.
I soon learned that the project is called Get Old, a platform developed by Pfizer to encourage and support a dialogue around the notion of getting older and living better.
Their goal with this initiative is to:
…inspire and activate people of all ages to reconsider what it means to get old in terms of a better quality of life, adding years to their lives, and confronting the biggest and most important health challenge facing them and society as a whole.
Ultimately, this is what I wrote on my blue sticker denoting optimism (paraphrasing because I don’t remember exactly; see, my memory is failing me. I’m getting old! LOL)
“I am excited about getting older! I know I’ll be more wise and living life doing more of things I want to do!”
My mom always says “Just keep living” anytime we say something about old people. This is true. Keep living and you’ll ultimately experience the same things.
So How Do You Feel About Getting Old(er)?
Take a look at the infographic below and think about where you fit in with the nation’s averages regarding thoughts of getting older. Some of the stats are pretty interesting.
Here are some other key findings from a survey that was conducted:
Americans’ Age Milestones Through the Years
- People experience their first kiss at 15
- People say that at 22, you should support yourself independently from your parents or guardians
- People say they first remind themselves of their parents at 32
- The average American first felt their age at 38
- People expect to reach age 84
What do you think? Where do fit in with these averages?
For more of these findings, check out the Get Old Gallup & Robinson Research Results Fact Sheet.
Get Old – Growing Up
I like this simple video by Pfizer about getting old and growing up. Check it out!
“Do more. Share more. Make more wrong turns and experience new places. Celebrate living long and well enough to achieve your dreams” -Pfizer
Youtube Video link (<2 minutes)
Learn more about the Get Old initiative.
Over to you…
How to do you feel about getting old? Are you optimistic, angry, prepared, uneasy, other? Share your thoughts in the comments!