The Joys of Aging
Observing the elderly up close rather than in Modern Maturity magazine, on TV or in Viagra commercials gives one a different perspective of the “Golden Years.” Most seniors I know live in the “Rusty Years.”
I am 87 years old and find the most positive aspect of aging is the 10 percent senior discount, even though I don’t need it. Other than that, it’s all downhill. You watch your body slowly deteriorate. Your skin loses its elasticity, hearing becomes dimmer, it’s difficult to sit down and more difficult to get up, your memory fades and parts of your body wear out and have to be replaced. Much time is spent in the doctor’s office or hospital. Pills use up much of your income.
One of the more frustrating aspects of aging for many seniors is having acquired a great deal of wisdom through the years with no one interested in it. Its difficult observing what’s going on in the world and usually know the outcome. Politicians haven’t changed much in the past 80 years except most of them are now owned by wealthy contributors instead of organized crime. Its frustrating watching politicians, still controlling the gullible public, by fear and half truths, which have become more prevalent with TV and computers.
There are different groups of the elderly. There’s an active group that has enough money to vacation in warmer climates and travel. Another group lives on Social Security and has just enough money to survive. The third group is the incapacitated who give their life savings to nursing homes.
The so called active seniors gather in adult communities or spend winters together in RV parks or senior communities in the South. They spend most of their time playing cards, bingo, or shuffle board. They enjoy discussing bowl movements, arthritis, and blood pressure. The few who play golf, tennis, or other activities now play the games so poorly they get little satisfaction from them. This group will decrease with the collapse of the stock market and the 2% interest they receive on their life savings. Our new elected congress have plans to reduce as many benefits as needed to give a huge tax raise for the aristocrats.
The other two groups have more serious problems. The group living on Social Security led a meager life and just exist with meals on wheels and other charities.
My dog and I have visited nursing homes for the a number of years visiting my peers. These facilities are storage houses for the living dead. Many come into the homes with some quality of life, but watched them deteriorate to a vegetative state. We are more humane with our animals when they reach this stage.
It’s difficult fitting into any aspect of modern society. Entertainment is a thing of the past. TV, movies, and music are geared toward youth, as they evidently spend the most money. “The Parade has Passed Me By” is a good description of this area for those in the “Rusty Years.”
The Obituary Column is our first read piece in the paper. We not only look for people we know, but how many of the deceased are in our age group or younger.
I not personally concerned about death, but my experiences with my parent’s death and nursing home visits makes me concerned about how I die.
Death could be an interesting experience I have never had before and would finally know which religion was on the right track.
As Woody Allen says, “I’m not concerned about dying as long as I’m not there to witness it.