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.
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.
A healthy community is one in which the elderly protect, care for, love and assist the younger ones to provide continuity and hope.
Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.
When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say.
Learning and sex until rigor mortis.
Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.
My goal is to do something outrageous every day.
Old age is an excellent time for outrage.
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.
Being sixty-five ... became a crossroads. We said, we have nothing to lose, so we can raise hell.
There must be a goal at every stage of life! There must be a goal!
The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.
You can't be human alone.
Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
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.
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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