koi pond

The  June 4 NaHaiWriMo prompt is to write a haiku about older women.

Back in March, I attended the Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference. In one of the talks, Ann Reiner, from the OHSU School of Nursing talked about “Challenges of Breast Cancer in Later Life”. Of course, a lively discussion immediately ensued, regarding just what constituted “later life”. We talked about all sorts of interesting things, including chronological age vs. functional age. According to one definition, “old” in the U.S. can be classified as follows:

  • 65-74: “young old”
  • 75-84: “old”
  • 85+: “old-old”
Needless to say, I came out of the talk feeling younger than springtime. By far though, my favorite definition of “old” is “anyone 10 years older than I am”. With that definition, I’ll never need to worry about feeling old again!

koi pond my wrinkled reflection

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