Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh Fall/Winter Edition 2015-16 - page 39

Boomers Resource Guide
• Fall/Winter 2015-16
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depending on financial status,
or some long-term care
insurance policies.
3. Find meaning and remain
optimistic at a time when
it can be challenging to do
so.
In an essay titled “Listen,
Learn and Live to Be 100,”
journalist Neenah Ellis
shares what she learned from
interviewing centenarians.
What keeps them all going,
she found, is that they all
have plans for the future—
something much bigger than
themselves to be a part of
and look forward to. Dan
Buettner, author of “The
Blue Zones: Lessons for
Living Longer by People
Who’ve Lived the Longest,”
describes the recipe for
longevity as being “deeply
intertwined with community,
lifestyle, and spirituality.”
We know many seniors look
to their faith for answers,
and it is imperative for
any community to provide
resources to assist with this
journey.
The act of aging in today’s world
is not a passive one. It is fraught
with financial challenges, increased
technological and pharmaceutical
interventions and ethical dilemmas,
all within the context of an ever-
changing health policy landscape.
No longer do we have the luxury of
passively moving into our golden
years.We all have a role in helping to
facilitate this transition for ourselves
as well as those aging ahead of us.
There is nohigher dutyandnogreater
honor than caring for the elderly; it is
the Fifth of theTen Commandments,
and the cornerstone of all faiths. We
must all work together to understand
the challenges and opportunities
of growing older, and preserve a
positive aging experience where
every senior is an active participant
in their aging process and leads a
life filledwithmeaning and purpose.
Article provided by Deborah Winn-
Horvitz, President & CEO, Jewish
Association on Aging.
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