How do you feel at the dawn of 77 years old?
I feel fantastic! Now that I’m in my third act, I realize that I’m happier in a new, deeper kind of way. I’m rarely stressed. I think when you’re inside oldness as opposed to looking at it from the outside it’s not so scary. You realize, you're still yourself -- maybe even more so than before -- and you embrace it.
What does “aging with grace” mean to you?
Age has long been seen as a pathology. I see it not as pathology, but as potential. One third of aging is genetic -- there isn't much we can do about that. But that means that two-thirds of how well we do in the third act, we can do something about. I really think aging with grace is mostly a state of mind. It means growing more self-confident, more forgiving of yourself and others and above all staying interested and taking care of yourself. If I look good for my age it’s because I’ve stayed curious and healthy.