Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.
Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.
A healthy community is one in which the elderly protect, care for, love and assist the younger ones to provide continuity and hope.
There are six myths about old age: 1. That it's a disease, a disaster. 2. That we are mindless. 3. That we are sexless. 4. That we are useless. 5. That we are powerless. 6. That we are all alike.
When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say.
Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.
Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.
Learning and sex until rigor mortis.
I enjoy my wrinkles and regard them as badges of distinction - I've worked hard for them!
The best age is the age you are.
Old age is an excellent time for outrage.
Being sixty-five ... became a crossroads. We said, we have nothing to lose, so we can raise hell.
The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.
Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
There must be a goal at every stage of life! There must be a goal!
My goal is to do something outrageous every day.
People who have had power, when they become powerless, are really tragic.... We just allow ourselves to be conditioned by a society so we become as important as we're supposed to be.
You can't be human alone.
Men and women approaching retirement age should be recycled for public service work, and their companies should foot the bill. We can no longer afford to scrap-pile people.
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