weekly blog--one for the ages
As we start the year 2019, the definition of “old” continues to be a subjective, moving target. Just ask people in their 20s and 30s who think that old starts at age 59, or those in their 40s and 50s who believe old starts at 65, or those AARPies 60 and older who say that old begins at 73.
And then there are people like my father who finally admitted to “feeling” old while laid-up in bed for a week at age 93. And still others who simply look to more visible signposts like having to add an extra 15 minutes to a roundtrip bike ride that once took only two hours, or avoiding downhill skiing altogether for fear of not being able to get up from a fall.
And then you run into people like 95-year-old Phyllis Sues from Los Angeles who just published a book about aging. She launched a business at 50, became a trapeze enthusiast at 75, took her first yoga lesson ten years later, began tango dancing shortly after, and jumped out of a plane at age 90.
But don’t tell that to the descendants of Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who holds the record as the world’s oldest person. She was 122 years and 164 days when she died in 1997. However, a Moscow-based mathematician claims that it was actually Jeanne Calment’s 99-year-old daughter. He believes that Jeanne died in 1934 and her daughter, Yvonne, took her mother’s identity to avoid paying taxes.