Learning how our interviewees think about ‘aging with attitude’ is a gift that keeps on giving at the end of the year. Here’s a quick ‘Aging with Attitude’ summary of all our profiles in 2020 – all the more compelling given our ongoing challenges.
Famous actor and profile subject Franco Nero (left) cited his 55-year history working with a village of orphans in Rome. “Working with these young people on the mission makes me young and full of life and gives me purpose. It feels good to give back to the youth. “
Meanwhile a feminist icon and activist Gloria Steinem told us, “There is no real secret, you are always the unique self that was born in this world, you just keep adding experiences.”
Actor, writer, entrepreneur and famous stoner Tommy Chong (right) shared his moving personal history, and how he ages with attitude “I take all my problems to God and they disappear. That’s my secret as to why I’m still strong. “
One of the most inspiring interviewees of the year was Dr. Melissa M. Freeman, (left) a physician who is still serving her community at age 94, who says, “Respect! It’s the vital attitude we should all have – and not just as we age, but throughout our lives. “
Actress Talia Shire had this optimistic view of aging: “Laughter is a big problem to get energy and stay healthy, to embrace the seasons of the time. Aging is wonderful, liberating, and an opportunity to share your wisdom with your family and society. “
Musican and Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. says his secret to aging with attitude is “I seek out the young people and have many stories to share with them.”
And our Senior Planet Stars …
While Senior Planet Member Jane Stone (right) told us about her stand-up, telling us, “I like to believe that we can work at any age to make our world a better, kinder place by living with freedom of choice and confidence, by continuing to grow and be active. in positive, life-affirming ways. “
And Dollie Nixson, Senior Planet member, volunteer and staff member, (left) ended her profile on her upward climb with the following advice: “I want to tell every senior out there – in fact I want to tell everyone … never doubt yourself.“
Another Senior Planet Member, Patsy Lynn LaFlam, says “If you want to try something new and exciting, do it. Only you know what you can achieve with your attitude and an open mind. ”.
“Growing older with attitude? I totally agree ”, says volunteer and member Suzi Fogarty, “I was born with attitude, then I survived with attitude. Now I get older with an attitude. I’ve never been a shrinking violet! “
Senior Planet Member and hat enthusiast Doris Slay-Barber (right) defines “Aging with Attitude” as “… having no fear or fear of change and the future. Having an attitude that says I can!”
For Senior Planet Member, multi-talent and entrepreneur Arline Rubin, “It means that I’m interested in many different things and now have the time to pursue them.”
“It means to be informed,” says Senior Planet Member Lezrette Hutchinson (left). “The things people used to say to me because I am a senior… I no longer accept it. Like calling me “Mom” or all these names. I am stronger now and I am asking them in a nice way not to treat me differently because of my age. “