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Old 01-12-2020, 08:18 AM
 
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I don’t think this list of traits of the elderly fits us, do you?
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  • Senile
  • Sickly
  • Unattractive
  • Greedy
  • Cranky
  • Child-Like
I think I’m:
*pretty sharp-witted (I read a lot & do online brain games daily)
*reasonably healthy (I walk 5+ miles daily)
*generous (now that I can finally afford to be)
*not cranky (because I have time)

However, I do fit other stereotypes:
*retain child-like wonder
*wake up early
*eat dinner early
*enjoy TV

How about you?


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As an "elderly" person, I think I'm:

*relaxed all the time/not stressed/worried about things
*positive self image-don't need affirmation from others about myself or what I'm doing/have done to feel good
*comfortable with myself/my body


"Elderly" stereotypes I do fit:

*Expect good manners in public from others
*Follow and love my daily routines
*Still write checks to pay my bills
*Love reruns of old tv series
*Seldom out after dark-am at home in in night clothing before dark
*Cat lady
*Sit in same seat at church every Sunday
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Amiga, that doesn't fit us because we are not old. You are as young as you feel. (It is a matter of perspective -- to a 6th grader, 30 is old!)

Old can be someone who hasn't even made it to social security age. Then again, old might be someone that is turning 100.

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Oh Amiga.....your first list made me laugh! I go to several "senior" yoga classes each week and yes, some of the members are all of those negative qualities...and then some! Most of them though are at least 10 years older than me and so I like to think I can learn from them and not be like them when "I grow up."

I recently had to write my age on a form and I cringed....I just had a birthday and 70 looks so much older on paper than 69,,, but then I realized I was filling out an application for yet another yoga class and so I was grateful. I am still active and hope to stay that way. Let's keep young as long as we can!
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That’s why I think it is good that schools are doing away with the 100th day of school celebrations during which the students and teachers dress up like “old people”. Ditch the stereotype.


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Old 01-12-2020, 10:22 AM
 
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I can get cranky if I let myself. But it's not really my nature. And it's more impatient, which is something I've struggled with many times in the past. My father was a bit impatient, too. For example, there were a lot of us kids growing up who had to be wrangled into nice clothes and into the car to go to church on Sunday. My father and I were always ready, and since it was Leave it to Beaver era, he wouldn't have helped Mom get anyone else ready. So he and I would take off walking down the road. Mom would come along 15 minutes later with my four brothers in various stages of undress in the family station wagon and pick us up. Sometimes it got interesting when one of my brothers left his shoes at home or found out he had mismatched socks.

I loved those walks with my father. An added bonus was that Mom would tell one of my brothers who had "claimed" the window seat to move over while I got in. (Unless he was smart enough to jump out and hold the door open for me. At that point, there would be a lot of "After you" and "No, you first" going on which would cause my mother to yell at us and then glare at my father. He would just sit there enjoying his family, having done nothing but innocently get out of her way while she was getting the kids ready.)
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Goodness, where did that list come from??

Speaking of those 100th day of school activities, a K class had to finish the sentence “When I am 100 I will....”. My favorite was “do whatever I want to”
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:42 PM
 
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Sometimes I just want to smack DH when he makes a comment about being old! (So maybe I am not very tolerant ;. To be fair, he has a lot of back and neck issues so he is in pain alot so I give him a bit of a pass.

I think I’m:
*health conscious, in food choices and exercising. Although food choices may not always be the best
*open minded and flexible
*extremely easy going
*someone prone to giving the benefit of the doubt
*a lifelong learner

As for that list— I don’t think it pertains to any of us!
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:39 AM
 
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Here where I live elderly people are working or out feeding cows. I had to use a cane for awhile but I put hello kitty decals all over it.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:57 AM
 
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The average age in the city I retired to is 67!! There are so many active older people here that do NOT fit those stereotypes. I have friends that range from early 50s to mid 80s!! We do so many activities with all these age groups and it is wonderful. People golf, walk, boat, play card games and other games, go to the theatre, go out to eat. I feel we are much more active here than where we used to live and work. And most of us are happy and relaxed!


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Old 01-15-2020, 10:03 AM
 
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Hey, getting older is better than the alternative! I don't think I fit that list, but I will say I am not sure I could go back to work. I really enjoy life at a slower pace and not feeling like I have to be rushing around all the time.
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