Aging: Without Kids
It’s a new world after 50, and not just because there are more NotGrandMoms than ever before. We’ll all get there – if we’re lucky – so smile, plan, and rock on!
♥ A team of USC researchers reviewed a national sample of adults age 75+ who had trouble walking or getting in and out of bed. Their 2010 study determined that childless adults weren’t receiving less care than seniors who were parents. (Another assumption busted.) In addition, the adults with no kids scored no lower than parents on tests to measure psychological well-being.
According to one USC gerontologist: “The boomers will be so different in so many ways, it’s hard to project.” In part, that’s because no previous generation has had access to broad social networks (online and off), higher education, higher incomes and access to paid caregivers.
♥ Two thousand people answered a 2010 survey to identify the “Body of the Year.” They decided that Dame Helen Mirren, then 66, was hotter than Jennifer Lopez, model Elle MacPherson and royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton, owner of the most famous buttcheeks in the world.
In 2013, Ms. Mirren, who has been married for 15 years, admitted that she always expected to be a mother. “It was not my destiny,” she said. “I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought.”
She said Momfriends were never a problem: “It was only boring old men. And whenever they went ‘What? No children? Well, you’d better get on with it, old girl,’ I’d say ‘No! F— off!’”