At the very young age of 71, Bruce Springsteen has released his latest album, Letter to You, and a film of the same name that records the making of the album.
Many of the songs are about growing older and death. Yet in his article Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well in The Atlantic, author David Brooks calls the album "both youthful--loud and hard-charging--and serene and wise." Brooks also says "Letter to You is rich in lessons for those who want to know what successful aging looks like."
Active aging is now a decades-long phase of life. According to the International Council on Active Aging, it embodies fully engaging in life within all seven dimensions of wellness:
Springsteen is certainly an example of active aging. Have you thought about how you're going to go about the art of active aging and aging well? Listen to Letter to You (available on Spotify) for inspiration and motivation. Hearing what Springsteen accomplished at age 71 lets us all know that life has much to offer, even at ages that in the past would have been considered in decline. As Brooks states, "Maybe this can be America--not in decline, but moving with maturity to a new strength."