I recently read an article in Zoomer Magazine titled: “Age Before Beauty” which focused on the show Downton Abbey. The character Dowager Countess of Grantham played by Maggie Smith, age 78, is seen as the family matriarch who makes witty comments.
As a professional who works with older adults or seniors, I am happy to see an actress who falls into this category held in high esteem and with a positive light. There are many other actresses who fall into this category and as they have aged continue to exemplify professionalism and to me are role models for all that are 65+, think Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, Helen Mirren, and Sally Fields to name a few.
If media through movies, TV, magazines, radio (commercials) and the internet continue to do this and focus on the positives of aging than perhaps society will do the same. Why is it that youth is what is revered? While I enjoyed my youth, I look back and wish the wisdom and knowledge I have now, I had then.
I link the words optimism, vitality, strength, wisdom, inspiration, and role model to the aging process. My hope is that the general population will do this as well.
Written by Victoria Brewster, MSW