By PT Staff, published on May 1, 1994 - last reviewed on June 19, 2012
It's hard growing older in a culture that refuses to accept aging. For women, the challenge is doubled--they're ignored entirely.
The understandable response is rage, insists gerontologist Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D. But she advocates another approach entirely: be outrageous.
Sure, older women are frustrated, ignored, hurt, and treated as second-class citizens. Still, she says, you can choose to reject negative stereotypes of aging and make life more enjoyable and productive than ever.
In a recent report in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Jacobs puts forth recommendations for late-life renaissance:
PHOTO: Older woman on roller skates.