As I took my walk this morning, a question popped into my mind. I wondered if young people generally skip articles, blogs and tweets that have to do with aging. Now when I say young adults, exactly who am I talking about? The Thirtysomethings? College-age or recent grads? Teenagers? Anyone born after 1970?
Just for discussion’s sake, let’s use the “anyone born after 1970” definition. Now let me restate my question. Do people born after 1970 generally skip over articles, blogs and tweets that have to do with aging or growing old? I don’t have a definitive answer, but I can speculate that the answer is yes. Can’t say that I blame them either. Aging is something even Boomers don’t like talking about.
While making the last lap through the park, I started thinking about feedback I’ve received from my Aging Well column in the United Methodist Reporter and other writing venues. Almost always, I get responses via my website/ e-mail. Almost always, they are generous comments of appreciation, thanking me for taking an interest in older adults and the challenges they face. Almost always, they are written by self-described older adults in the 70-95 age crowd.
Our population is aging quickly, and the church, even faster! How will the church respond? If we take our calling seriously, it seems an important topic to discuss. Maybe reading and talking about aging is a bit like taking yucky-tasting medicine. You don’t like to do it, but you know it’s likely going to make you better.
So next time you see a headline about growing old, don’t be quick to dismiss it. After all, there’s a good chance that you’ll be old, too, one of these days.