When you're in that final age group -- meanderings about the choose your age drop-down
Friday, November 03, 2017
I just realized the other day that a lot of drop-downs asking your age stop with "65+".
As though everyone 65 and older are identical. Or listen to the exact same music. Or in the same generation.
Some things that I think about more frequently now that I'm in this age group (estimated to be 631,018,358 world wide in 2016).
- more women my age and older continue to be caregivers; it's one of the most stressful jobs I've had and will continue to hold.
- How can I make it easier when I need caregiving.
- Working out and eating healthy will make all age-ing things easier. Less likely to need replacements; more likely to recover from these.
- Should I move to a place with better public transportation?
- I have some really angry friends who have suddenly realized that their spouses lifetime habits of smoking, no exercise, and McDonalds have paid off bigtime at this age.
- I blather more to my grandchildren about the old days. I know that 90% of history gets lost. I want them to remember that I wear-tested the US Navy's first uniforms for pregnant women.
- I am pleased when a physical effort produces improvement, not just maintenance.
- Having reached retirement, I do have a bit more 'me' time. I can now choose to work towards how I want my family to remember me. Hopefully not the irrationally screaming mother but the gentle wise nana.
If you're in this age group, what are you thinking about?