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I enjoyed the article very much..   most of my friends and I have often shared stories about our parents as we have gone through the aging process and then the loss of our parents.. we talk about how things changed, how they had to adapt and how sometimes they did not want to.  The list of issues could be long; our parents did not want to stop driving

our parents did not want to give up living alone

our parents did not want to wear their hearing aids

our parents did not want to go out and get exercise

our parents did not want to take their meds

 

and looking at this list..  will we want to do these things  ..  I think you all know the answer to that.  So then what ?  

 

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Things I’ll Do Differently When I’m Old

 

Soon after my 50th birthday, 10 years ago, I started keeping a list of “Things I will do/things I won’t do when I get old.”

It was a highly judgmental, and super secret, accounting of all the things I thought my parents were doing wrong. My dad lied chronically about taking his meds. He refused to get a hearing aid, telling others to “up their audio” (he had been a television producer). My mom smoked behind my back (she thought) until the day she was diagnosed with lung cancer. 

It was all too easy to call them out, and I recognized over and over just how awful it is to become feeble, sick and increasingly absent-minded, or worse.

Over the next decade I accumulated many pages of dos and don’ts, even as I fretted about exactly when I’d be old enough to start following my own advice. Recently I heard a sociologist on the radio call people in their early 60s, “the young old.” I imagine that my “young adult” nieces might consider me “old, old” already, but I don’t feel ready yet to start taking my own advice. I’m still working on building my list, not implementing it.

 

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It is interesting to see a person's perspective on when they will be old.  

 

A newpaper article made me think about that.  When will I be old?  I know I am not young now but am I old?  and what does that mean to me.   When we think about the restrictions that older age brings, do we fail to see ourselves progressing to that point or are we proactive in making plans ahead of time.

 

When will you be old?   and what will you do then?

 

 

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