Today, on George Takei’s 80th birthday, here are 5 ways the man best known for Star Trek and LGBT activism shows us that age is just a number:
1. Takei keeps intellectually active. Not only does he still work but he recently taped his Broadway show Allegiance, bringing it to movie theaters, breaking a film screening record: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-george-takei-screening-breaks-records-20170106-story.html
2. He defies age stereotypes. With over 10 million followers on Facebook, 2 million on Twitter and 1 million on Instagram, Takei demonstrates that social media is most certainly not only for the young.
3. The Howard Stern Show announcer believes in moderation. Takei enjoys wine, meat and even the occasional Taco Bell meal.
4. The former Heroes star is physically active. 100 pushups and 50 sit-ups daily isn’t bad for a person of any age! Plus, he talks openly about how he and husband Brad Altman are still intimate even as they get older (which most older adults can be if they want).
5. He’s got a positive outlook. While Takei admits he has “bad feet” and some aches and pains, he is grateful for a healthy body.
So if you ever think you (or a colleague or family member) is just “too old,” consider George Takei. Are you judging yourself, a coworker or a family member on only chronological age? Activities, interests, work and habits say much more about people of all generations than the dates on their birth certificates.
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.