Column: “A Birthday Milestone: Turning 80!” – The New York Times

“The secret to a happy and vibrant old age? Strive to do what you love for as long as you can do it.”

turning 80

Gracia Lam

by Jane E. Brody

“When a 50ish woman at my Y learned that I was about to turn 80, she exclaimed, “80 is the new 60, and you set a great example for the rest of us!”

“At least, I’m in good company:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, national infectious disease guru, is five months my senior, sharp as a tack even under withering political fire;
  • Nancy Pelosi, 81-year-old Speaker of the House, also stands up well against fierce opposition;
  • Anthony Hopkins, 83, Oscar winner for “The Silence of the Lambs” and a frequent nominee, won again this year for “The Father”;
  • Morgan Freeman, also 83, acts with a voice of distinction bested only by his formidable talent. He has four upcoming movies and a TV series.
  • Bernie Sanders, former presidential hopeful who will be 80 in September, remains a force to be reckoned with in the U.S. Senate;
  • Paul Simon, a month younger than Mr. Sanders, has won 12 Grammys as a singer and songwriter in a now six-decade career. He recently sold his songwriting catalog to Sony for around $250 million.)

“The list goes on.”

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