Ageing is not something that takes place in an instant. Like puberty, its start and end dates are impossible to predict; as is what life will be like on the other side of it. Ageing is a process that takes place over time.
The famous Grand-Mother cookbook with many loosing pages and notes are fantastic documents and confirmation of the lifestyle of our grandparents. Those recipes are valuable treasures as they are bookmarks of our own stories.
All of us on this site are well connected. Unfortunately, the people who could answer the question based on their personal experience are unlikely to visit this site. Might it be more helpful to seek out those older, disconnected folks?
My grandfathers are the same age but have had very different experiences with aging. One has been deprived of nearly everything that was important to him. The other lives no differently than he did 30 years ago.
A life transition that I think can be comparable to aging was moving to the US for me. Through the media the exposure to this country I thought I knew what to expect. Just like having older family members or neighbors makes you think you know aging.
To help others as they age tools are necessary to develop empathy towards their situation. Being able to walk in someone else's shoes can be helpful to develop empathy and understand the other person's situation.
Products like escalators help people with disabilities and ageing challenges to live in their familiar surroundings for longer. Items like the Stannah Chairlift are essential for allowing elderly people to live at home for longer.
With hundreds of "Green Houses" already underway, The Green House Project re-imagines long term care into smaller homes—returning control, dignity, and a sense of well being to elders along with personalized care.
As Montaigne masterly depicts on his essay "To philosophize is to prepare to die", being aware, and looking at death as a normal subject can be a great therapy to stop wandering about the future, and just "Carpe diem" which means "seize the day"
What are the implications of new technologies, like AI, robotics, genetic engineering, nano-technology, on aging and wellness? This is perhaps best articulated by Ray Kurzweil in some of his early work such as The Singularity, Kurzweil, Ray (2005),
An inspirational photo series named "Delicatessen With Love" which portray grandmothers from 58 different countries, each posing right before they start cooking and then presenting their signature dish in the end.
Summer/Winter/Spring Classes for the elderly. As an added incentive, mobile clinics can be setup at these locations bi-monthly for elderly to get expert advice.
Growing up in a community and location where everything is available.
Taskrabbit is an online and mobile service that brings people from all ages who are available and looking to help complete tasks and those who need help completing a task or running an errand such as grocery shopping to moving or photography.