Recently Eileen Alkabes sent me an email.
“Are you really only as young as you feel?” “Is 80 the new 60?” and “Can having a strong sense of purpose and meaning in life add years to one’s life?” she asked.
I thought about myself, now almost 82, and still working as a journalist. Working helps keep me feeling young. I am active in my church; love baking pound cakes and giving them to people to cheer them up; and most recently, I taught two of my goddaughters, who are 12 and 16, to sew. And I help with my great-grandchildren.
So, with a resounding “Yes,” I say 80 is the new 60. And I am not alone in being an active octogenarian. And while I love my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I have never seen myself as a rocking chair grandma.
Apparently, neither does Dolores Gordon, who at 92, still volunteers one day a week for the Aventura Police Department, and one day for Aventura Hospital. “I’ve been a volunteer for 26 years,” she said.
Gordon lives at the Vi at Aventura, a retirement community. Helping others and keeping busy is what helps keep her young, she said.