Society & Culture

We Watch Over the Flow of Life


The roles we assume throughout our lives have often been dictated by our society and its cultural norms; as children a standard path is set before us to get an education, experience adolescence, find a career path, and, perhaps, raise a family. But what of our role as an older adult?

Our culture has not provided us with meaningful approaches for acknowledging and accepting aging in a way that honors the process of getting older. What it means to be a senior in our society is fraught with ageism, the misperception that with age comes less vibrancy, less competence, or worse, less relevance. While this kind of prejudice is hard to ignore, we can still define for ourselves how we show the world the wisdom, maturity, thoughtfulness, and vitality that come with aging reflectively.

In Marian’s Voice:

What is Reflective Aging?

What does it mean to age reflectively in our society? Although unique to each of us, how we define reflective aging almost always involves moving forward with intention in the best way possible. I prefer to think about my lifetime of accomplishments, and look forward to a future in which I needn’t get bogged down by what is unattainable – for me, that’s very satisfying.

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About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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