ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Growing old together sounds better when you’re young

Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be. Most of us in the aging bracket have heard that line, originally by poet Robert Browning. In our younger days, we may have believed that. It has a get-up-and-go essence that is pleasant to hear. But ...

 

Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.

Most of us in the aging bracket have heard that line, originally by poet Robert Browning.

In our younger days, we may have believed that. It has a get-up-and-go essence that is pleasant to hear. But after the years have passed as it has with yours truly, we take such claims with a grain of salt.

Mental faculties may be better in our older years, if we were fortunate enough to escape Alzheimer’s disease or even some of the threats. That is wonderful to bypass personally and for those we love.

ADVERTISEMENT

But physically improved?

I’m here to tell you, that is not the case for most of us. Yes, there are some older folks who maintain relatively strong physical factors, usually people who remained physical activity their entire lives. They are said to be great for their age group. Wonderful.

I’m the oldest fellow now in a coffee group that gets together at 6 a.m. every day. We began over 40 years ago. Three of us from the original group remain today, and we share encroaching limitations in our daily talks. I don’t mean to imply that is the general topic. Our main effort, as I see it, is having a few laughs. Coffee for the caffeine and alertness, along with many attempts at humor is more our emphasis and many attempts to bring that about are explored. (But aging is my topic here today.)

Social abilities, in our elder years, are aided for some time by having more time to be social. The work years and hours required for travel and work-connected preparation, are now available for increased social activities.

This sincerely was appreciated for years, but as old age creeps up, time at home beckons more appreciatively. TV and computer are less stress and strain than preparing for and traveling to gatherings as was so exciting in our younger years.

I’m certain you’ve heard enough from this old codger. I’d like to close with a few examples of aging that have been reported at our morning coffee sessions. You wouldn’t want to hear the entire list and the editor wouldn’t print it. It’s too long.

Toilet usage at night turns out to be an increasing activity.

Memory has greatly decreased. You carry a scratch pad and writing implement wherever you go. My memory has almost totally left me; while names were never easy after meeting several new folk, now it is a lost cause.

ADVERTISEMENT

You especially enjoyed some reading material or an event you witnessed. Reciting specifics to a friend becomes an embarrassing and often futile attempt to provide details.

Coming out after a large affair to a large parking lot, you have to do some mental manipulations, "tricks of the absent-minded" to find the lane where you parked your car.

 

Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at bernie3024@gmail.com .

What To Read Next