We're Having Much More Fun

But now I'm a man, way past 21 Want you to believe me baby, I have lots of fun.
-- Muddy Waters
Countering Apathy

Elements of Fun

Complex/Easy. Too easy => Give up. Too hard => Give up.
Similar to learning new skill. Play tennis/chess against someone better, but not too much better, is the best way to improve.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state "Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older."

unbelievable awesomeness

Lots of old people play bridge, AARP says 25 million Americans play the game, which they say can also be useful in fighting age-related cognitive decline.

Older people have:

  • aspirations
  • resources
  • desire to contribute
  • time

Aspire to be a superager: keep challenging yourself mentally, get vigorous exercise, and be socially active.

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“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
- attributed to George Bernard Shaw

Census Report: The Population 65 years and older in the US: 2016

How Aging Research Is Changing Our Lives

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