Reflections on ‘Aging Well’

October 2019 blog post written by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” – Bernard Shaw

I often hear and read about “aging well”, “aging in place”, and “successful aging”. Some researchers and popular literature define these terms differently. Definitions range from how happy and well you feel, to aging as a measurement of physical performance and cognitive function, to aging as a presence or absence of disease.