For some reason, there are people in the general public that I feel don’t give seniors much credit for living a quality life. Although at our age we operate on various levels, we often are judged as one group, “old.”
This seems so unfair and is not fully accurate, in my opinion. The senior class covers a wide range of individuals, from those who are homebound to others who refuse to sit still, and everyone else in between. In any case, we are still a work in progress and have our own stimulus plan. Growing older does not mean shutting down, but rather, slowing down and continuing to make plans for the future.
The senior’s category is a mixed bag; some have health, some don’t, some have wealth, some don’t. Frequently our circumstances of today are the result of decisions we made yesterday. Doctors tell us that if we have made an attempt to stay physically and mentally healthy prior to retirement it will pay-off in our later years. Likewise, prudent financial decisions made earlier in life will benefit us after retirement.
Seniors are very good at downsizing. We come to a point where we ask ourselves; is it better to own or rent a home? We are constantly making decisions for ourselves in the hope of improving our lives and determining what our needs really are at this stage of the game.
One expert tells me that it’s important for seniors to not feel helpless or trapped just because of age, that we can still make choices and decisions that affect our quality of life, even if it is something very small. This is not true for every single person out there of course, but for the most part of our older society. All things considered, we are people of value who contribute to our community, have meaningful relationships and intend to continue loving life. We are capable of “rolling with the punches” that are thrown at us, resilience is our middle name. Health problems often come with age, also loss of loved ones, concern for financial security and a host of other issues that we are expected to handle. Yet the health care professionals tell us that there are assistance programs to help us if we will only reach out to them.
While we don’t like change, we do like improvement, and can be open-minded to some new ideas regarding lifestyle, if they are within reason. Keeping a sense of humor is vital and having a bit of fun doesn’t hurt either.
We are told that it is never too late to learn, and now that we have the time, we might decide to try some new venture, there is no age limit on hopes or dreams. Finding productive things to do is not always easy, however, keeping in mind that the objectives are to keep moving, and enhance our daily life, may help. “Motivation comes from within”, we’re told, and it’s up to us to get the ball rolling.
Nevada resident Carolyn Schneider is author of the book, “Bing: On the Road to Elko”, about her uncle, Bing Crosby, and his 15 years as a Nevada cattle rancher. She may be reached at email@example.com.