It may have taken the movie "Cocoon" to make seniors the cool kids on campus, but their popularity is growing. At age 88, actress Betty White is red hot, selling Snickers and hosting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend after hundreds of thousands of (mostly young) fans campaigned for her on Facebook.
And White's not the only one. There's Helen Mirren, taking her kit off in the movie "Calendar Girls," and Jack Nicholson in "Something's Gotta Give." Cloris Leachman, at age 82, lasted six rounds on "Dancing With the Stars."Three seasons later on the show, 80-year-old Buzz Aldrin showed off his moonwalk.
"I just want to do these things to exhibit that I can try," said Aldrin. "I am interested in people appreciating the fact that I'm a very active person now."
We'd better hope senior citizens remain active. The entire country is aging. The oldest Baby Boomers are hitting retirement age right now, and by the year 2030, about one in five Americans will be age 65 or over.
At 81, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is America's resident sexpert, the author of 31 books including her latest, "Dr. Ruth's Sex After 50." Westheimer says thanks to modern medicine, we're having a senior moment right now.
"Fortunately, as seniors, because of our way of life, because of nutrition, because of better health care, there is no question that seniors in most cases -- I'm not saying all -- are in better health," Westheimer said.
As for Jones, Hauncher drums up a couple of dates for her in the first two episodes of "Sunset Daze."
"I think about not finding love again, but nobody's too old to find love," said Jones.
But just in case it doesn't work....
"But just in case I have Bob," said Jones. "Bob is my battery-operated boyfriend, just in case I need to fill some needs..."
Make no mistake: These aren't your grandparents' contemporaries -- these are folks you want to hang with. Think of it as youth, with a few wrinkles.