Septuagenarian is defined by Webster’s as being “a person between the ages of 70 and 79”. I’m not there yet. However, it will only be a little over three weeks. Recently, I started to wonder what it will be like. Only today did the realization become apparent – seventy isn’t as old as it used to be. Seriously, it’s not! Think about it: even in commercials, the seventy-somethings are DOING THINGS! The picture here is something I enjoyed at about 50. Mentally, my age hasn’t changed since then.
Do you remember as a child talking with some of your parent’s older friends? They seemed so “OLD”. Now the shoe is on the other foot. I see the neighbor’s grand-kids looking at me like I’m sure I looked at the older folks when I was a child. As I grew up, and my parent’s friends aged, things took on a new perspective, opening my eyes to things such as professional care givers (the good and the bad), nursing homes (again the good and the bad), medical care for the “elderly”, and the fact that since my father reached 91, and both his parents lived to be in their late 90’s, that might be in my future, too.
A few years back, I signed up for long term care insurance through my employer – the home care option. I’m bound and determined my son won’t be saddled with expenses for me as I was for my parents. My mother was a housewife all her married life, and my father didn’t have the option of LTC since he retired in 1971. I went through a small fortune to keep my father at home after his stroke, and it was worth every penny! My point is it’s never too late to prepare for what might be, God willing and the creek don’t rise, another 20-plus years.
I know I don’t feel like I’m about to be a Septuagenarian! My medical issues last year took a little steam out of my get-along. My physical strength isn’t what it used to be. That, however, will not stop my determination to keep improving my stamina and outlive my father by at least one year! 🙂
One of the most important things this aging mind is determined to remain is vibrant. There are so many great things out there to help with that now days. I have a BrainTap machine (no, I’m not an affiliate – just a customer). And the internet is full of great mind games to play. There are books in various stages of completion all over the house. Writing is a daily thing – something that needs to be done, if only in my journal. My current project is re-writing the content for a neighbor’s web site. The link will be put up once its done. And, of course, taking copywriting courses. Don’t let anyone try to convince you that learning has to stop!
I think that covers it for today. Just one more thing – I think one of the secrets to remaining young (at heart, at least) is being positive.
Retirement from my current job may be in my very near future. Retirement from life is not an option.