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 way off in the distance – 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. The benefits for seniors includes discounts at various venues, getting offered a seat on the bus (sometimes,) they get to know their doctors personally and they get to collect the unemployment benefits that were taken out of their pay checks every day of their working lives. Isn’t that special.
You are often considered useless, because you’re physically wearing out and your mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be. You don’t grasp technology and still use basic math skills to make change or balance a check book. You grew up saving everything only to be living in a disposable society.
As a golden ager, I wish to say that I am not dead yet. I still have a brain and a body that works most of the time. I have years of wisdom stored up in my pea sized brain and tons of experience in child rearing, teaching, encouraging, using my writing to reach peoples’ hearts and a whole lot more. Let’s look beyond the years and at the remaining days of these wonderful contributors to society. They have much to give and deserve your respect.
My mother’s parents received framed certificates and a handshake from the governor for “volunteer service” simply because they remained active doing the things they loved after the years that society says people ought to retire. I have been active in serving a group of retired people who are interested in continuing education (but without homework or tests or grades); I wish more of my retired neighbors would get over their obsession with lawn and garden care and would get involved in projects that lend themselves to self-improvement and benefit to the larger community. J.
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I’m involved with a group of seniors from 69-80. We’ve been writing skits that last about 45 minutes based on things seniors face today. Of course they’re very funny and real. Once written we present them at senior facilities as an old time radio show. It’s good for performers as much as our audiences. I’m the oldest in the troupe.
You’re wisdom is indeed a blessing to me, as I approach the big 50‼️Thank You, Kathy!!
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You are more than welcome. We learn from each other❤️
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