Under this heading I will reflect on what it means to age gracefully.
I will analyse the ideas of ‘grace’ and ‘wisdom’ in a secular context, and contrast the notion of ‘graceful ageing’ with related notions, like ‘successful ageing’ and ‘healthy ageing’.
My preliminary position is that the contemporary discourse about ‘good’ ageing — both in research, in policy, and in media — is biased. There is too much emphasis on the medical and health aspects of ageing, and not enough attention on the aesthetic and spiritual (still in a secular sense) dimensions of growing old.
After having analysed these different understandings of ‘good’ ageing, I will discuss how different autobiographical practices might contribute to a good senior life.