The Geezers’ Crusade
David Brooks describes the increasing benefits of aging by debunking commonly believed myths. Brooks described the older adult’s brain as one that can continue to create new connections and neurons throughout life. He references studies that describe aging as a period of development where gender roles begin to merge and personalities become more vivid and distinct in tune with who they really are. Brooks cites a study done at University of California, Berkeley which conducted a 50-year-follow-up of people who were studied when they were younger, and found that participants had not surrendered in their older age, but instead became more outgoing and self-confident. Brooks explains these positive aspects of aging, while pointing out the fact that the increasing number of older adults will also take a toll on healthcare and the overall financial stability of the United States and provides a call to arms for older adults everywhere. “It may seem unrealistic – to expect a generation to organize around the cause of nonselfishness. But in the private sphere, you see it every day. Old people now have the time, the energy and, with the Internet, the tools to organize,” said Brooks.
The New York Times, February 2, 2010
Written By: David Brooks