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Seniors stretching and exercising at Kokua Kalihi Valley.


What image comes to mind when you think of an Elderly community center? An AARP sponsored YouTube is making the rounds “Millennials Show Us What ‘Old’ Looks Like.” Have you seen it? The video reveals an interesting perspective of what the 20-somethings think. Millennials are asked what age they consider to be “old” and to demonstrate what “old” looks like. The 20–28 year olds “act out” their images of the “old,” laughing and giggling as they imitate slow, uncoordinated individuals.

Next, the host gives them a chance to meet and interact with older people (who were secretly watching how these young adults portrayed them). The Millennials quickly discover the “old,” are physically strong, active, vibrant — living rich, satisfying lives. The shock and surprise on their faces at how some older people truly function is absolutely priceless!

As a frequent volunteer at the Kokua Kalihi Valley Elderly Center in Honolulu, I regularly witness how vibrant and active the participants are; all are 60 or older. During a recent visit, after some light, chair aerobics, about 75 participants used 5-pound dumbbells to do a couple of sets of overhead, triceps extensions. Believe me, it wasn’t easy! More evidence that active seniors are busy reshaping the image of older people. Like that old Bob Dylan song, the new “old” may become “Forever Young.”

KOKUA KALIHI VALLEY Comprehensive Family Services
, 2239 North School St.,Honolulu, HI 96819
808-791-9400  |