«Our perceptions of old age must go hand in hand with the reality of our growing longevity and not stay attached to the past»
Negative perceptions of the elderly are unjustified and erroneous, as the constant increase in life expectancy and the progress of science allows more people in becoming old and active citizens, participate in the community, be interesting as people and mainly, be contented with their lives.
The age and the boundaries that determine in which life stage a person is classified, are different and are basically dependent on his/her functionality. According to experts, the secret to getting "late" into the old age, is to be in mental alertness.
There is enough scientific evidence to allow us to believe that the increase in life expectancy over the last few decades, can be combined with the good quality of life of people who are active and satisfied with their lives. Factors proven to affect and contribute to a good quality of life, preservation of vitality, good mental state and active participation at all levels in their lives are: