Hannah Kalil is 83 years old, and lives by herself in upstate New York. She
has aides who help with her caregiving throughout the day. But the
responsibility of managing her finances, health care -- both mental and
physical -- and long-term living situation falls to one person: her daughter --
and my mother -- Eleanor.
It's almost a full-time job. Making sure my grandmother is happy and not
feeling lonely means daily visits. Her never-ending stream of medical issues
means weekly -- if not...
Sure, the band's been around since 1962, and three of its members are in
their 60s. But all the jokes about walkers and dentures are getting a bit,
well, old. Here are a few post-Super Bowl stats on Mick Jagger for you,
courtesy of the British tabloid the Daily Express:
Age: 62. Weight: 140 pounds. Waist size: 28 inches. Distance he struts or
sprints in a typical stadium show: about 12 miles.
What's all the more remarkable is that the Stones are not only the
longest-running rock group in America but also its some of its most infamous
bad boys. Along with some great albums, their legacy includes a long trail of
dead or burned-out band members, wives, and groupies who just couldn't keep up
with their rock-and-roll lifestyle.
Changing Face of Aging
How does Sir Mick stay in such amazing shape? How does Keith Richards even
stay alive -- and doesn't that contradict everything we've been told about how
to stay healthy in our senior years? Why haven't the Stones retired to an
island somewhere? And what keeps the fans coming out in droves, year after
year, to a band that's past its prime?
The answers, it appears, tell us a lot about the changing (but puffy-lipped)
face of aging today. To their legions of baby boomer fans, the Stones symbolize
their own potential in their later years -- and the possibility of redemption
for youthful indiscretions.
"People are being told you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you're
over the hill, it's time to lower your expectations of yourself," says Gene
Cohen, MD, PhD, a leading aging researcher and author of The Mature
Mind. "Now increasingly we're seeing people who still keep their
expectations high. It pumps a lot of people up to see that the Stones can still
How Mick Starts It Up
One of the benefits of being in a famous rock band is you can keep a
personal trainer on hand as you tour. Jagger's trainer is Torje Eike, a
Norwegian whose previous clients include Olympic athletes, national soccer
teams, and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
Before a tour, Jagger runs eight miles a day, swims, kickboxes, and works
out every other day in the gym, according to a report in the Daily
Express. Meanwhile, Eike keeps Jagger on a diet low in fat and high in
whole grains. (During the tour, the Stones entourage includes more trainers,
dietitians, masseurs, and a physiotherapist, the Daily Express
Jagger told the Daily Express he reformed himself about 15 years
ago and has given up almost all alcohol. But for the other Stones -- the ones
who aren't constantly sprinting across the stage -- it's a different story.