Active, Spiritual, and Autonomous at 72
...autonomous at 72 18 July Some people think that old people are sickly and controlling. But Shirley Smith, Filipino American and 72 years old, proved me wrong. I interviewed her on July 8, 2012. She had been a teacher for four decades, and she stressed that “one of the crowning achievements” of her life is seeing her students graduate, and they still remember her as their teacher and friend. Her husband died when she was only 52, and she now stays with her older daughter. She has three grandchildren, ages 11, 7, and 5. Like other older adults, she had regrets, especially those that are connected to her youth, but she does not want to change anything at all in her life. For her... ? Active, spiritual, and...