How growing old became fun

gen_232-2An ineteresting article posted on yesterday’s Guardian website examined the link between older people’s improved state of healthcare and their resulting need for more varied lifestyles. One quote by Emma Soames from Saga magazine really stood out for me, “Old age is often painted as a place of vulnerability, frailty and great expense. But you can – people already do – have a good quality of life in your 70s. I don’t want to live to 120, but I would like the end of my life to be active and valid.” This begs for the question: What could the arts sector do to fit in to this desire for activity and validity?

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