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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?

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    I"m thinking about how much fun it is to realize I don't need many of the things I did before. Or at least thought I did. It's much easier just to say "yeah.. whatever...have fun with that'.. and move on.
    And I like having the time to do just exactly what I want to do, rather than what I 'think' others expect out of me. Yeah.. I know. Should have learned that much much younger.
    Not 65.. 62 :-)
    Thanks for the support. I appreciate it.
    1284 days ago
    I hadn't really thought about how weird it is that they haven't changed the age ranges, as if people retire at 65 and die by 75 or something. With people routinely living well into their 80's, 90's and beyond, it's probably time to update this!

    Great point here: - 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.

    My DH is one of those who continues to accumulate new medications year after year instead of fixing the underlying problem. We will be having a serious discussion about this soon, wherein I tell him plainly that I will chuck him in a nursing home if and when he is debilitated as a direct result of his bad choices. I'll visit on Sundays and holidays.
    1288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2017 11:21:47 AM
    I want to remain curious, involved, physically fit and healthy; so far at 70 I can say yes to all of these and I intend to keep it that way!
    1289 days ago
    Most striking to me is that I am at a place that I was led to by others. Caring for my grandchildren because there mother abandoned them and now caring for my mother because she can't maintain in a facility due to behaviors. I feel satisfaction in that both children are now teenagers and fantastic kids, caring for others, respectful, active in a spiritual community and good students and athletes and are both going to college. My mom is doing very well in my home and that is a good feeling. But, I had other plans and those went by the wayside. Caregiving is stressful and I look at it like it keeps me very active and connected to friends who are younger which is positive. My husband and I have adapted by being each others support and taking it a day at a time. No lies to anyone, it is very difficult. We worry about our two story home that we have been in for 35 years and feel we need to move. I love music all kinds and feel I am unique not part of a group of 65 plus lumped together. I love my family so I carry on.
    1289 days ago
    I’m thinking how much more complicated life is. I care for family and work part time and have an adult child and granddaughter at home with their two dogs. I’ve realized life is messy enough without adding bad health to the mix. I want to live to 💯.
    1289 days ago
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