Aging in a youth-obsessed society – Ipseh Munson, BHASVIC

Becoming senior is a crucial phase of life, but it is often perceived as undesirable, stressful and uncomfortable.

Those over 60 can face both physical and social difficulties in many aspects of life – not to mention the myriad of stereotypes that have formed around them, which mostly revolve around the stereotype of a stubborn scrooge who preys on the younger ones Generations for want of something better yells at. The older members of our society are often extremely misrepresented and do not receive the services and respect they should be given. I recently got curious about what it’s like to be part of the older generation here in Brighton and Hove and decided to interview an older local resident, Daphne.

Daphne, like much of our youth-obsessed society, seems to view age as a burden: “Of course it’s negative – you’re getting old, aren’t you!”. Much of the inconvenience seems to stem from physical issues, as she tends to get tired more often and is particularly nervous when driving on icy roads in winter. Visual impairments mean she can no longer drive, adding to the list of physical limitations seniors face.

Contrary to popular belief, however, aging is not always the pesky obstacle it seems. Daphne still manages to make a good living here in Hove, staying active and approaching life with a carpe diem attitude. She described her involvement in the local community after volunteering at local Oxfam for 20 years and her social network where she regularly meets local friends for meals and walks. A theater and film lover, she enjoys visiting local venues such as the Duke of York Picture-house. She felt that Brighton and Hove was well suited to her physical needs as the public transport systems are local, connected and easy to use – all in all living here was an extremely positive experience for her.

Daphne defies the stereotype that older people prefer quiet, quaint villages. She ditched that lifestyle decades ago, when she left her small, “restrictive” village that had “little more than a small shop and pub.” Moving to Brighton to join the more urban, vibrant city life has allowed her to be more active and included as it is so much easier here to connect (both socially and physically) with the rest of the world. In Daphne’s words: “Life is what you make of it. You could sit on your butt all day, but that would drive me crazy!”.

Perhaps it’s time to leave those rigid old age stereotypes behind, just as Daphne left behind her once restrictive village life. We should learn to appreciate all of Brighton’s ages, rather than fixate on the vibrancy and vibrancy that we mistakenly see as exclusive to the youth. Life is what you make of it; regardless of age.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23192225.ageing-youth-obsessed-society—-ipseh-munson-bhasvic/?ref=rss Aging in a youth-obsessed society – Ipseh Munson, BHASVIC

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