"For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of harvest."-- Traditional saying from the Hasidim
Wow, the articles on various aspects of aging are proliferating, with the New York Times bringing forth quite a bouquet of them. I imagine this is a trend that will continue, because after all we are in the midst of an age wave, called even more poetically a silver tsunami.
Anyway, here are a few of the articles that have caught my attention recently.
Here's a delightful article on silver-haired women, some of whom flaunted their natural hair on a Silver Sisters Strut in Times Square. Silver hair is becoming more accepted, though we still have a way to go on that score. For a lot of women, and for men too, coloring their hair still seems like a necessary procedure.
There was another wonderful article in the New York Times. It is the story of a late life romance. Beautifully written, touching and well worth the read.
The San Francisco Chronicle ran a review of The Quartet, one of several new films about aging.
Back to the New York Times and an opinion piece by Tim Kreider. Kreider explores our jaunty way of facing aging, avoiding sadness. I love this quote from the piece.
"Segregating the old and the sick enables a fantasy, as baseless as the
fantasy of capitalism’s endless expansion, of youth and health as
eternal, in which old age can seem to be an inexplicably bad lifestyle
choice, like eating junk food or buying a minivan, that you can avoid if
you’re well-educated or hip enough."
Finally, a touching article from the New York Times New Old Age blog about a group of long time friends and how they chose to support one friend as she developed Alzheimer's. It is wonderful to read some of these positive articles about aging and how people are responding to it.
Paradigm shift! It's happening and it's about time!