We are all aging. There’s no way to avoid the process. We can only embrace the hard facts and enjoy the sum of our lives.
Many believe that aging individuals loose their value as productive, lively citizens. However, with the average life expectancy of residents of first-world countries climbing well passed the age of 80, elderly individuals are proving to be more vibrant and self sustaining for longer periods of their lives, traveling and enjoying more of what the world has to offer.
Unfortunately, this increase in life expectancy could mean that cognitive abilities are more likely to decline in later years, and the elderly may suffer longer with conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, it’s comforting to know that the average person only looses a small portion of their cognitive abilities in their elderly years.
Many are proving to sustain their abilities to accomplish normal, everyday, activities while still enjoying a full and active life.
Watch what happens when this woman discovered a piano at her usual bus stop. She plays with such refinement and talent without hesitation or error. She’s proof that aging individuals are not to be discounted in our society, and should actually be celebrated and seen as vessels from which to learn and grow.