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Jane Fonda's Third Act includes us

February 12, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
Women over 50 are the world’s largest demographic. Imagine what we can do! That’s the message from Jane Fonda and it is so moving and inspiring that I wanted to share.

We are living 34 years longer than our grandparents – an entire third age. It is indeed a longevity revolution. Jane Fonda calls those additional three decades the Third Act and she describes getting older as the opposite of decline, but mounting a staircase in which we find ourselves and make ourselves whole. It seems like the perfect message for the Truth In Aging community.

I just conducted a survey of Truth In Aging readers and when asked which women you wanted to be like when growing older, the overwhelming majority of you said “yourselves”. The TIA community member is independent and self-confident. I can see us using our Third Act , as Ms Fonda says, to make a positive contribution and, as much as anything else, be reconciled with our past and allow our spirit’s to evolve into wisdom and authenticity.

These were some of the themes of an extraordinary speech that Jane Fonda gave to TEDXWomen, a conference that took place last November and which I just got around to looking up. Here’s the video and, while its true that I can cry at a cat food commercial, I defy you not to simultaneously weep and shout whoopee when you get to the end. Go Jane! Go us girls in our Third Act!

  • March 4, 2014

    by Jan

    I admire Jane Fonda immensely. Many of the stories out there regarding her visits to Vietnam during the war are not true. Soldiers were not beaten because of her actions nor did she turn any men in. Here is a related link regarding these untruths. She has had a facelift, but I admire her for admitting it. She said when she looked in the mirror she saw an old person and that was not reflective of how she felt. I don't begrudge her for that. For decades, she has maintained one way to keep looking good is by exercising and a having healthy life-style and I think that is a positive message. She wants women to have self-confidence and high self-esteem and that can empower women.

  • August 20, 2013

    by DiAnn

    I agree Jane Fonda did some horrible things in the Vietnam era and forgiving is good but what she did caused men their lives in a very painful way. So I may forgive her but there are other women who would be more fitting for a positive female role model.

  • August 6, 2013

    by laurie

    Aging gracefully? I think not since she's had major plastic surgery in the last couple of years.

  • July 19, 2013

    by Gail Jones

    Jane Fonda for one has had a facelift she admited this herself saying that she could afford it. She may be using products to keep her lift looking good that I do not know.
    As an American I am greatly disturbed to see this woman being held in any type of high regard. Due to her condudt in Viet Nam men suffered and died when she turned them in. As she shook hands with American soldiers they tucked messages in her hand to take home to their family. What she did with those messages was turn these men in and they were beaten and some killed. She lost her reputation in America due to this. Kathleen above says "it's time to move on I agree" move on far away from betrayers of thier own country. If this were Kathleens or any of these others women's sons she would feel differently. I know that this post will not be presented for view but Marta needs to take into seriouse consideration about using certain woman as a spokes person for anything.

  • May 15, 2013

    by Kathleen

    Jane talks about looking back on our lives, creating new brain pathways via remodeling and moving forward whole. Great idea, especially for those who waste time hating on her. It's time to move forward!

  • February 15, 2012

    by badger

    Is this the same woman that shouted about feminism, burnt the brassiere then married Ted and got a boob job the same week. L'Oreal says she's worth it, Pass the sick bag please.

  • February 15, 2012

    by l


  • February 12, 2012

    by Jan

    WOW! Some of the most powerful information I've ever heard! Never have been a huge fan of hers, however she is certainly a huge voice and advocate for women and increasing the quality of our lives. Thank you for sharing this, I found truly thought provoking.

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