For many of us, turning 30 felt like a magical moment whether real or perceived. It was a time when some of the memorable life changing moments had taken place, like graduating from a college, marriage, having children, and many other milestones that might indicate life had a trajectory towards adulthood. The birthday song that was sung as you enter the 3rd decade was akin to the sound of a starting line gun, a prompt that signaled you are free to move ahead and to choose your lane in life while joining others who are doing the same. The experiences from the last decade would prepare you for the next ones to come. Oh the places you’ll go!
If you were a young adult in the 1980’s or 1990’s, you may remember either family or friends who turned 60 years old in that decade, and recall their state of health at the time. Many older adults in the 1980’s and 1990’s would have lived through the Great Depression, World War II, Korean War, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War. Smoking was casual in the home, and outdoor air quality was questionable in the 1980’s. How many smog alerts can you recall?
It’s not to say that those who turned 60 in the 2010’s have it easy, but as a whole, those who turned 60 in the last few years are healthier than ever, and are thriving professionally. Today’s 60 year-olds have had much more access to not only early medical interventions, but also quality of life options that our grandparents didn’t have even 20 years ago. Early access to education and information is another critical factor for those in their sixties in this era. Young adults in the 1980s were offered greater opportunities for career choices and income advancement. Widespread fitness movements through DVD products, fitness studios, and gym availability also provided additional resources for many who were seeking a more active lifestyle promoted by popular culture and public health efforts.
The youth entering the 2020’s have even greater access to wealth, information, and medical interventions-not only to save lives but to enhance the quality of living. As a society today we have greater access to medicine, products, and services from traditional and non-traditional medical providers. For example, functional medicine practitioners and holistic dieticians have become more widely used today than ever, and gluten-free diets are mainstreamed into restaurant menus more than ever! Let’s continue making 60 the new 30 and for the next generation…let’s make 100 the new 60! Cheers!
Dr. Adrian Pujayana has been providing drug-free solutions for health and wellness to adults, athletes, and youth since 2000 through his private practice at Family Chiropractic Center of South Pasadena, a place for strength training and nutrition based health care.