Narrative Essay On Aging
Being old shouldn’t mean becoming a permanent patient or cruise-ship passenger; it should be a meaningful and productive time—one in which older people have every right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
But to make that happen, to allow older people access to all levels of the Maslovian triangle, we must learn who they really are, and what they truly want and need.
If we are to believe some of the reports on the trend and the words used to describe it – population time bombs, crisis point – it will also be one of the defining challenges. As more people live longer, we can expect there to be additional costs for society.
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I remember assigning it, years ago as the editor of JBooks.com, to emeritus professor Sanford Pinsker, a guy who once told me, “I have sweaters older than you!
” In his review, Sandy said that old age “is also not for sissies, as Roth describes one ‘procedure’ after another.