Jane Fonda Says We Should View Aging as “Potential” Rather Than “Pathology”

As a species, we're living longer than ever — so long that lots of us can expect to have three acts in our lives, the final one from ages 60 to 90. Yet society at large still discriminates against older people in a lot of ways, and clings to youth as though growing old is a disease in itself. Jane Fonda, who'll turn 74 in December, reflects on this and other aspects of aging in her new book, Prime Time. She believes we should approach aging not as a decline, but as an opportunity to learn and grow in new ways.

We communicated with the actress, author, fitness guru, and political activist via e-mail before her two Bay Area appearances Thursday.

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