Anne Karpf, author of "How To Age", has an interesting op-ed in today's NY Times. It's called "The Liberation of Growing Old". Here she is, discussing the negative attitudes so many Americans have about old people:
Such “gerontophobia” is harmful because we internalize it. Ageism has been described as prejudice against one’s future self. It tells us that age is our defining characteristic and that, as midnight strikes on a milestone birthday, we will become nothing but old — emptied of our passions, abilities and experience, infused instead with frailty and decline.
I think it's worth a full read, especially if you're heading toward geezerhood, as I am. Personally, I love getting old. I don't want my youth back even one little bit. You can keep it.