Every May, the Administration on Aging leads the national observance of “Older Americans Month.” The theme this year is “Engage at Any Age.”
But I found myself thinking that this would be a nice opportunity to consider: just what does it mean to “succeed” or do well as an older adult?
This is important, because our understanding of what is “success,” and what to strive for, is fundamental to how we judge ourselves and others.
And for us as a society, articulating what’s involved in experiencing “good” or “successful” aging is important because it can help us understand what kinds of things we should focus on, to help more older adults age well, or otherwise “succeed” in late-life.
So, just as philosophers and others have long debated what it means to “live a good life,” we should ask ourselves what it means to “succeed” as an older adult.
This way, we can know whether we are “succeeding” as a society that supports and values its older population.