Do you think about how much time you have left to do the things you want to do? It’s something I’ve been thinking about more and more lately. I was having dinner with a friend who told me about a wonderful 6-week trip that she and her husband are taking. I asked if they were celebrating something special, and her answer was “because we can still do it.” Not long after that conversation, my husband turned 70. (I still have another year to go). We had just started planning a special vacation to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary that comes up next fall. We discussed what I had been thinking about. So, now we are planning the vacation of a lifetime. I still have a long list of things I want to do, and I think this is a good start. Don’t you?
Did anyone hear President Obama say anything about our nation’s older adults last evening? Maybe I missed it. Ha! If this country does not start creating a long term care policy, we are going to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who are going to need help. Frustrating!
So true, but I know there is no quick fix here, but we must do better.
You are so right. And we believe the only way to get our government to do better, is for us to make noise…a lot of noise.
I am so excited about this wonderful and timely movement. I attended the second Radical Age Movement meeting and met many like-minded people; all of whom have a concern for and interest in extending life on terms that include the continuity and thriving of our older population. BTW we are becoming, if not already, the majority voice and therefore have a profound right to be heard.
As a theatre director and having a mission regarding the Grace & Grit of aging, there are stories to be passed along such as with other earlier generations and cultures around the world. We’ve lost touch with an essential connection and contribution made by our elders, who now suffer from a misperception and prejudice just for being old.
Paula J. RIley
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