I read an article by Dr. Carstensen from Stanford University that was looking for a new term that aging people can embrace. Some people like the comfortable term “baby boomers”, but what happens when GenXers and millennials grow old?
After years of research, the term “perennial” became the frontrunner to refer to older people. The term was coined by Maureen Conner from the Stanford Center on Longevity. According to Carstensen, the symbolism is perfect because it makes it clear that older people are still here, blossoming again and again. It also suggests a new model of life in which people engage and take breaks, making new starts repeatedly.
Are we reaching a new tipping point and moving away from the fear of growing old and just embracing living long? What do you think of the term “perennial”?