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Fear of Getting Old (#FOGO)


How do we debunk myths and fears?  By having open and honest conversations and gathering factual information so that we can move through the fears and keep them in the proper perspective.  Pfizer conducted a recent survey and reported that over 87% of Americans have a Fear of Getting Old – hence the new Pfizer hashtag #FOGO.  I wasn’t one of the people polled, but I can certainly relate.  As I interact with individuals older than me, I hear some of their daily challenges as they try to plan financially for their extended lives and the different needs that they have during this season of their journey.  It gives me pause and reminds me that I have to be proactive about planning for the quality of life that I want to live as I age.  A lot of that has to do with how I feel about getting older and how I choose to embrace change.

How do you feel about getting old?  Visit the GET OLD website and take the #FOGO Quiz!  I took the quiz and I am the Chairwoman of the Board!  One of my #FOGO is the fear of losing my physical mobility and independence.   After you take the quiz, leave a comment with your results and share a few #FOGOs of your own.  Let’s start and continue a conversation and move forward on this journey so that we can “Fear Less. Live Longer.”

Join the Get Old Community on Facebook and Twitter!

To read more about the launch of this re-focused campaign read the New York Times article by Stuart Elliott.  Make sure you take a peak at the featured photo for the article!  Yes, that’s me – one of the #FOGO Girls!  I had an Exquisite Modeling Opportunity working on the campaign with the digital advertising team from Huge and photographer GOKATESHOOT.  The experience was a BLAST!  The article in the New York Times with the featured photo that included one of my images was the icing on the cake!  I am so excited about engaging in these conversations!











Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occassion. Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful, but not moody. Helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but You know, Lord, I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the endless recital of details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occassionally, I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with. But a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so.


Seventeenth-Century Nun’s Prayer