It is true we are, on average, living longer than our grandparents. It is also true our grandchildren will, barring an apocalyptic event, live even longer than we do. Experts say their odds of living beyond 100 years are better than 50 per cent.
This longevity phenomenon is, understandably, creating a global revolution. Whether our increased life span is a gift or a curse, however, is largely up to us.
While I know a thing or two about human development, I’m far from a scholar on longevity. Nonetheless, as a leading-edge baby boomer on a quest for success after 60, I do know this: Individually and as a society we must be prepared for this paradigm shift and make a 100-year plan.
In so doing:
- We must be thoughtful and nimble and bold;
- We must question our assumptions and revise our outdated behaviors, policies and plans;
- We must connect, share, evolve, learn and strengthen;
- We must become a microcosm within the macrocosm.
This is urgent and important business.
So, how can we make this happen? What is the mechanism to accomplish this formidable and urgent task?
Fortunately, a novel and workable idea has entered the stage.
Spotlight on the Age-Friendly movement globally and locally. It’s an idea whose time has come and, by all indications, it’s gaining steam. You can read all about Age-Friendly Sarasota, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation here.
And, once you’ve done that, please send us your ideas about how to create a community for all ages.
For, in truth, “We may all have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King
So, shouldn’t we agree it’s time to row together?
Editor’s note: Vicki Vega is a new initiative consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota. A thought leader in human development and a leading-edge baby boomer, she is blazing new trails with her cohorts, learning new skills and exploring new horizons.