My name is Rozhon Badiozamani and I am a fourth-year Global Health major at UCSD. What initially drew me to the program was that I knew nothing about aging. I grew up with one set of grandparents in the United States (the other had passed) and I saw them about twice every month. I think my lack of knowledge on the elderly can be attributed directly to my lack of involvement with them at a younger age. At any rate, I wanted to be a part of a comprehensive and thorough program that not only looks at the aging population, but how younger generations can better work alongside them to create all-inclusive communities.
My post today will be focused on the "When I'm 80" reflection/exercise. We were all assigned to think of where we see ourselves when we are 80. This includes who we live with, where we live, the status of our mental and physical health, how many kids we have, etc. Before this exercise, I had never truly thought about what I will be like when I'm 80, let alone what my health status will hold. The first thing that popped into my head was my personality - that my husband and I would be some crazy, goofy old couple. The next thing I thought was "well, I hope I am in good mental and physical shape..." This exercise taught me that I could picture where I wanted to live and how I spend my days, but I have to start taking the necessary steps now in order to ensure the future I imagine.