Western Societies Views on Aging Can Be Negative

Wendy Lustbader, former social worker and author of a new book  “Life Gets Better” maintains that youth, with all its insecurities and confusion, is more of a burden than the golden age society says it is, with aging far from a gloomy decline.

She illustrates this somewhat unusual view with a  elders telling a group of fellow travelers on a tour bus, most of whom were young, that they shouldn’t worry because “these are the worst years of your lives.”

The ageism of many Western societies, where seniors are regarded with pity and often patronized — in contrast to the respect given them in places such as Mexico and Asian nations — makes things tough as well.

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