The pros and cons of aging

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The month of May seems to be the time especially designated for recognizing seniors. It has become a pleasant tradition. As a senior, I particularly appreciate it, although being a senior is not an easy status in life. For example:

Parts of the senior body (often parts you didn't know existed) suddenly hurt.

That sharp memory has faded to the extent that the senior's vocabulary becomes limited and less appropriate.

Climbing stairs and opening jars and packages are now challenges.

The senior's hands never seem to be able to reach the spot that itches on the aging body.

The seer-sucker wrinkles are everywhere on the senior and he/she resembles an overgrown prune following the morning shower.

And speaking of showers, they are now the must-use necessity and the bathtub has become a bathroom relic.

The apple-crunching, corn-on-the-cob-nibbling teeth are often replaced by ill-fitting dentures.

All newsprint and book editions are impossible to read. Therefore, very few seniors escape having to use prescription eye glasses. 

As the eyes begin to fail, so do the senior ears. Many of us decorate our ears with hearing aids.

More times than not, when you admire beautiful thick hair on someone over 70, he/she is wearing a hairpiece or wig. Some of the senior ladies are blonde or red haired — what fun!

Unfortunately, many younger folks have a tendency to speak past seniors to others who may be present. They feel that we seniors haven't the capacity to think or speak for ourselves.

Being a senior has its benefits, too, even beyond the "senior deductions" on many charges. Probably our most valuable benefit is having lived and developed a history of our years. We may dwell on sweet memories.

We are able to remember and take in stride some of those tough times and the sadness of losing loved ones. It was and is a part of life.

I believe we seniors have a special appreciation of our families, dear friends, the beauty of nature that surrounds us, and a gratefulness to those who help us in so many ways, large and small.

We seniors who live in this warm and welcoming community are especially fortunate. Each and every day I feel blessed and enjoy my senior status.

Harriet Hausman

River Forest

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Leonard Grossman  

Posted: May 9th, 2019 8:36 PM

Well put. Thank you.

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