40 used to be old; then it was 50 or 60; now it is over 75 [ish].
Textbooks on lifespan human development have been adding new chapters to the end of the books and re-categorizing and re-labeling the ages between 35-75.
The cohort of "75 to death" is now sometimes called “very old age.” [But at least over 75 is included in newer textbooks – older ages used to be entirely left out.]
And just so older persons don’t feel singled out; adding in chapters about ages 30, 40 and 50 took a long time too. Developmental Psychology, as a field of study, is still growing – as is the human lifespan.
We all get old but we need not sit around and wait for death to happen.
Death is psychologically as important as birth… Shrinking away from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose. Jung
However you define this later age of maturity – it is important to keep yourself and our increasingly longer later age[s] of life in super condition.
How do you do this so you are not robbing yourself of the purpose which Jung mentions?
Here are three suggestions:
keep your body in the best shape possible
keep your brain active
It’s the only one you have and you need to take care of it. Yes, these days parts can be replaced – but you still then need to take care of the new parts.
The best time to start this body care is now! It doesn’t matter how old you are, taking care of that body can begin today! [Even if you are in your “youth” and reading this.]
Exercise daily. It can be as simple as walking to more complicated exercise routines. Just start now!
Like your body, the brain too needs exercise. They thrive on challenge – so keep doing harder and harder mental tasks. Don’t settle for the easy puzzle – stretch and go for the harder one. Make that brain really work!
Your social life
Socializing keeps you in shape too. It makes you think, react and use your brain. Be a friend. Make new friends. You’ll feel better.
And best of all one can combine all of the above by finding a friend to exercise with and or go to a discussion group or book club. Your body brain and social being will feel so good. You’ll have a super later age of maturity.
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