Thursday, 06 March 2014
Being Good at Being Old
TGB reader chlost, who blogs at Just My Life, sent this video that in a kneejerk manner of many years at doing this, I bookmarked for Saturday's Interesting Stuff list.
But it kept pulling me back so I watched it again. And again. And then I realized that in fewer than four minutes it contains so many good-to-know things about old age, it deserves a page and a discussion all its own.
Take a look at Evelyn's story. Maybe watch it more than once. I'll see you on the other side.
Here is what makes this video an important reminder – and inspiration - to all elders:
• Retirement communities into which elders have bought and paid can take away services any time they want. (This is another good reason for the Villages movement in which members choose and deliver what they need and no outside corporation or group can cancel them.)
• Government agencies can revoke privileges based on nothing but age. More and more states are considering an age cut off for driving licenses without any consideration of or understanding that everyone ages at different rates and in different ways.
Ninety-seven-year-old Evelyn is a capable driver. Some 50-year-olds are not.
• Yes we can fight city hall (or the DMV) and we can do it at any age. Do not think otherwise.
• It is important to do everything possible to keep our promises to one another especially so because not all institutions and government agencies are reliable.
• Perhaps moreso than at earlier times in our lives it is important for elders to be there for one another because the older we get, the fewer of us there are to do the helping. We need each other.
• And no matter how hard it is to do any of this, remember to laugh and to laugh a lot. Take another look at the video and at Evelyn's wonderful laugh. This woman is really good at being old.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Nancy Leitz: I Might Have Known