Today has been designated Senior Citizen Day. This forgotten element of our society is slowly growing into oblivion. The young folks have lost respect for the elderly, when they are really a mountain of information and deserving of attention.
When I turned fifty, I received an invitation to join AARP. I was astonished to think of myself as a senior. Now, twenty five years later, I feel like a senior, but the benefits that go along with entering the golden years are rapidly dwindling. We receive a monthly check from the government – money withheld from our weekly paycheck during all the years we worked. There hasn’t been a cost of living raise in some time and survival on that meager amount is hardly enough to put gas in the car, eat and pay the bills.
It may seem that anyone over 70 is ready for the grave, but we still have a lot to offer. About one third of U.S. Senators are over 70 – nice part time job for a retiree – but I digress. I was referring to the average Joe over 70 who has something worthwhile to contribute to society.
We often look at age as something not pertaining to us – something our parents and grandparents are – until time catches up with us and we’re part of the senior generation. What a rude awakening – a cruel joke, maybe – a fact of life which we must all face. We’re considered useless, because we’re physically wearing out and our mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be. We don’t grasp technology and still use basic math skills to make change or balance a check book.
A while ago, I read an article stating the importance of hugging. It said that one requires at least two hugs a day. I’ve raised the number to four, because there is nothing like the feeling you get from a hug. A hug can stir feelings of accomplishment, friendship, comfort, encouragement and a ton of other emotions. We all need to feel that pleasure. I suggest you consider giving someone a hug today – especially those older than you. You will not only be brightening their day, but your own as well.
HUG A SENIOR CITIZEN TODAY!