Act Your Age!
As kids, we’re told to act our age – to grow up and be more mature. But, what does it mean to act your age in a nation where people live longer and healthier?
“It’s about going with how you feel. Don’t worry about what that number says,” answers Anne Grogan, Network Director for Senior Care at St. Luke’s University Health Network.
The National Institute on Aging reports people over age 85 are among the fastest-growing age groups in the United States. Alyce Tokus wears her age like a badge of honor. At 100 years old, Alyce, a resident at Phoebe Ministries in Allentown, has the looks and energy of someone thirty years younger. She volunteers hours each week helping with office work in Phoebe’s Community Life Department.
"Positive attitude, live day by day and don’t worry about tomorrow. That’s my philosophy,” she says.
So, is Alyce the exception or the rule? “Alyce is becoming the new rule,” says Cori Rolón, Director of Healthy Aging and Government Affairs for the United Way. “We want to see seniors live longer and live better. So, acting your age is taking care of yourself and keeping yourself healthy, so that you can live as long and happy as possible.”
PBS39 explores what it means to act your age with Anne Grogan, Alyce Tokus and Cori Rolón on an all-new episode of FOCUS, airing Fri., Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Repeats will air Sun., Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.