Who cares about old people?
And you should too. Why? First, because if you are lucky, you may be one yourself one day. Second, because their numbers are growing…like crazy.
In 2016, the United States Census Bureau released a report called An Aging World. You can read the whole thing by clicking here. I warn you it’s long. Let me help you through it by taking it piece by piece over the next few weeks.
First, let’s look at some initial numbers. The population of older adults is growing across the globe.
Yeah, yeah, you know. You’ve heard it before, right? Well, let’s break it down, visually…
The increased amount of blue in the picture means more old people. Look how blue the world is in 2050. That is a lot of people over 65. And, I plan to be one of them!
2050 is not that far off!
The Census Bureau predicts that sometime before 2020, there will be more people over the age of 65 than the number of children under the age of five. This is the first time this will occur in recorded history. That is groundbreaking.
We must pay attention to our older population. By sheer number alone, it is impossible not to pay attention.
If you aren’t over 65 yet, here are the top things you need to do:
- improve your physical health by listening to your body (drink more water, exercise, eat fresh foods, etc.)
- improve your mental health (meditate, learn not to be over-stressed, learn something new, etc.)
- improve your social health (love more, increase your network of friends, deepen those connections with family, etc.)
- improve your thinking and open your mind to the possibilities of living a long and healthy life
If you are over 65, here are the top things you need to do:
- do all the same things listed above for the under 65 set, it’s not too late
- don’t let others negative aging perceptions affect you