Mick Smyer, Is There a Secret to Aging Well?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages 55-61 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/how-shall-we-age/) Abstract: As the Baby Boomers reach and move beyond traditional retirement ages, they are increasingly concerned about issues of aging. Although there are major social policy and political issues involved in an aging society,1,2 this essay focuses on individuals and what they can do to prepare for aging. Focusing on the individual runs the risk of overlooking the direct and indirect impacts of the ecology of aging—the interactive social, political, and cultural contexts of older adults' lives. However, the broader social policy dimensions of an aging society are beyond the scope of this article. Boomers are increasingly asking the questions posed more than three decades ago by French philosopher Michel Philibert: "Of aging, what can we know? About aging, what may we hope? With aging, what must we do?"3 But before we turn to the concerns of Boomers and those who are worried about them (i.e. Gen Xers and Millenials), there is a logically prior issue to sort out: How old is old? How Old … Topics: Community; Health; Quality of Life