June 25, 2018
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”
My family has been helping my wife and I to plan what is next in our lives. My wife’s special needs would be difficult to provide for if I have another hospitalization. My failing eyesight will keep me from driving one day. In other words, we need to plan to relocate to a facility that will allow us to continue our full lives while having whatever assistance we require close by.
I am glad we have children and grandchildren to help us plan to do what needs to be done. I view it as just another step in our effort to age gracefully. I think the secret is to accept necessary changes and not resist what must be done.
Ageing can be fun if you stay flexible and retain your sense of humor. Here is a short piece for those of you yet to enjoy seniorhood.
5 Great Things About Growing Old
By Anne-Marie O’Neill
You’ll Be Happier – As it turns out, most grumpy old people used to be grumpy young people. Aging doesn’t turn a cheerful person into a grouch. To the contrary, research has shown that, as we age, we become more emotionally stable and content. In early adulthood, there are a lot of what-ifs: Am I going to find a soul mate? Have a child? Build a rewarding career? Then you spend the next few decades striving to achieve those goals. But when you’re older, the what-ifs have been resolved. So you are less stressed and can—finally—relax.
Wise Decisions Will Come More Easily – Scientists used to think that we lose a significant number of our brain cells as we age, but more sophisticated scans have debunked that theory. We now know that we hit our cognitive peak between the ages of 40 and 68. Through the years, our brains build up connections and recognize patterns—meaning we’re better problem-solvers and can more quickly get the gist of an argument.
The Fashion Police Will Be Off Your Back – Go ahead and wear five-finger running shoes or orthopedic sandals. No longer must you prance around in painful heels. Now you can climb steep steps past young wobblies in magnificent toe-crushers.
You’ll Know Who You Are – A sense of urgency comes with aging. Before I was 75, I was tentative about many things. But now I know my own voice, and most important, I have the confidence to use it.
You’ll Have Time on Your Hands – If you’ve been driving yourself for years—working, raising a family, or both—it’s an adjustment to have spare time once your job has slowed down and the kids have flown the coop. The good thing about getting older is that you’ve seen it all, lived it all, felt it all—and now you can take a moment to share what you’ve learned. I dedicate many of my hours these days to mentoring people: I’ve helped friends’ children choose careers and advised a girlfriend on how to start the second chapter in her professional life. I can’t think of a way to spend my time that is more gratifying.
It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
An old man was in his golden years, but that didn’t stop him from trying to pick up the younger ladies. He went to the local bar, approached a very pretty and very young woman and said, “Where have you been all my life?”
The young lady takes one glance at him and says, “For the first half of it, I wasn’t even born yet.”
Drive carefully It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
While shopping for my first CD player, I was able to decipher most of the technicalese on the promotional signs.
One designation had me puzzled, though, so I called over a salesperson and asked, “What does ‘hybrid pulse D/A converter’ mean?”
“That means”, he said, “that this machine will read the digital information that is encoded on CDs and convert it into an audio signal – that is, into music.”
“In other words this CD player plays CDs.”
Too many couples marry for better or for worse, but not for good.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
- You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
- Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children.
- Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
- Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
- The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
- We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
Her English professor was stopped for speeding. When asked why she was driving so fast, she quoted Robert Frost: “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.”
“But, Miss,” replied the officer, obviously familiar with the poet, “Frost chose the road less traveled, and, unfortunately for you, this wasn’t it.”
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
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