October 2010

Senior Slant:
The Good News is…

by Hilda Maston

After a slight accident that slowed me down for a few days, I decided it was time to recognize the truth about growing older. Hopefully you young ( 70 and younger) people will benefit by knowing what to look forward to.

In my case, the handicaps are those that most people face.

First there is health; I'm pretty lucky in that respect. I have lost my sense of smell and I walk with a cane, and most of my social life consists of visiting several doctors just for maintenance.

Old age brings me a little loss of dignity. When you are less than five feet tall you have to expect getting patted on the head, and talked to in a loud voice.

All in all life is good.

I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a nice apartment, with plenty of security, good neighbors, a loving family and good friends. I can't run a fifty-yard dash, but I can run down the hall at a dignified pace (with a little bit of help from my cane and walker).

So there you have it: Old age is to be handled with humor, patience, and a lot of prayers.

Good Luck, Hilda

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