Aging the Old-Fashioned Way
In The Week Magazine, I read an article stating that Barbara Ehrenreich, 77, is sick of all the pressure to age successfully. Barbara is a social justice advocate. She says that our wellness obsessions and warped attitudes about aging go hand in hand.
“Health is just the absence of disease.” More and more Americans believe that death is the result of eating poorly, drinking too much, or some other lifestyle vice.
The truth, according to Ehrenreich, is that aging can be managed, but not defied. Gracefully greying is a process of increasing disability.
Things get harder. Things go wrong. The key is to try to adapt to each new disability that comes along to the best of our ability.
Written by Henry Gornbein
About the Author
Henry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.
He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.
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Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes. If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you! We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.