(ON THE ROAD TO FOSSILIZATION)
There's no getting around it: with every breath you take, you're a couple of seconds older than you were before, and there's no going back. It's great when you're a child and can't wait to grow up, but it's kind of horrifying when you're over sixty and people start to look at you differently. As far as a lot of them are concerned, you're invisible. Or costing the government too many of their tax dollars. Or too slow and out of sync with what's going on in the world today. Face it, we live in a youth-oriented society, and we're the ones who created the monster -- when we were younger. Now we've got to live with the labels our culture slaps on people our age.
But you're not alone. As of the last census, close to 60-million people in the United States were older than 60. That's a lot of gray hair and bad teeth. And according to a United Nations World Population report that came out a few years ago, by the year 2045, people older than sixty the world over are expected to outnumber children under age fifteen.
While we all like to believe we're unique, in many ways we're alike, and that includes the changes in our bodies and our lives and the perceptions younger people have about us. Which is why we, Barbara Paskoff and Carol Pack, have written a book entitled Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray. It's a lighthearted yet factual look at many of the changes that come with aging, or what we like to call a handbook for surviving aging.