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My country thinks I'm old.

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 8:41 PM

That's right. The leaders of this country think I'm old, and so do the rest of the people. I think I'm old too. Two weeks ago today was my 70th birthday. For a month or more before that date, I fretted about it. Never before had a pending birthday had such an effect on me. It was the age of my younger son that always bothered me. This year my own birthday worry came first. Then it got here, and I was just a day older. The worry about my age flew out the window. Then I remembered the older son was going to be 49 (he'll never admit it) two days later, and the younger one would be 46 eleven days after that. I can't believe our sons are that old!

Now to get back to the purpose of this blog. One day this week I read an opinion article where the writer was complaining because seniors who collect Social Security payments may receive an additional $250. It was her opinion that the extra money would be more wisely spent on young people who have more need for it. Evidently she felt that all seniors are financially well off.

I have news for her. Seniors aren't on schedule to receive a vaccine for the H1N1 flu. (Did I hear that we aren't as likely to come down with the flu?) Many older seniors have conditions which could be aggravated and perhaps deadly if they do come down with the H1N1 flu. I'm sure the writer of the article would think it appropriate if a bunch of us got sick with the flu and died. That way the precious $250 might go to someone younger who she thinks is more "needy".


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There is a notion that the mature immune system can fight off H1N1 better (possibly because of previous exposure).

Allowing for that is a heck of a lot different than shoving seniors onto an ice flow or some such dismissal.

Just remember that you're roughly the same age as Raquel Welch and while she's attractive for any age,she doesn't have your gamine charm.

(You have intelligence and grace but those eyes still have the twinkle of a mischievous kitten.)

None of us are over the hill so long as we can still grow as persons,get pleasure out of life and love and be loved.

If we don't want to even attempt enjoying and utilizing our time here,then we are decrepit in spirit whatever our age might be.

I'd guess that one symptom of such senesence would be an inability to recognize the worth of people unlike ourselves.

Maybe,that writer needs to rent "Logan's Run" or other stories of its ilk.

Sooner or later,the luckier members of the youth cult will,themselves,reach the dread three oh-or six-five or the century mark.

Will they want to jettison what they'd deny their elders now?

I doubt it.

They're a lot more likely to decide that eighty is middle age and be wary of the folks who'd write off all the eighteen year olds then decide that the NEXT year,the seventeen year olds would be ripe for culling.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 11:04 PM

My very first job was at Eckerd pharmacy and I worked in the pharmacy area and every day I dealt with senior citizens and saw the massive amount of money they had to shell out just for medicine and how they struggled with those costs. I feel we should be doing more for senior citizens since they have contributed so much to our society already and many can't go out and find jobs while many of these "younger individuals" can.

I am definitely not going to begrudge an elderly person of $250 . . . many times that will cover just one month's worth of prescriptions or just one prescription itself. This young lady who was complaining evidently had no clue about life and what senior citizens go through on a daily basis. Just because you hit retirement doesn't mean you win some magical lottery. So many times it is the elderly who are struggling the most to make ends meet. I would rather the taxes I pay go to help senior citizens than those who are my age or younger who choose not work and expect a handout at every turn.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 11:46 AM

Amen, Jax

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 2:14 PM

I am not yet seventy. I am however aproaching sixty much more quickly than I would like. Fortunately, I am in resonably good heath. My wife however is not. She takes several prescription medications. Many of which there are no generic replacements.

I am just weeks away from losing my healthcare and prescription coverage. Many things in my life I can compromise and cut back on. I have already started. I am cutting the budget to the bone. The one thing I can not compromise however is our health. $250.00 is not a lot of money in the great scheme of things. However, I am beginning to realize more than ever that to many of the elderly it is a fortune.

$250.00 won't fix anyting but it might put a temporary path on a few things.

Give a young person $250.00 an many will use it as a down payment on a new TV they can't afford. Give a senior $250.00 and he will keep his electricty and heat on for another month or pay for one prescription.

Many elderly are suffering in this country chosing between medical care and eating. When will we as a nation begin to respect and care for those who can not care for themselves?

-- Posted by goose2008 on Sun, Nov 1, 2009, at 8:04 AM

I am not anywhere near retirement age yet but as I watch what is happening with our Senior Citizens in 2009, I have to wonder how much worse will it get before I am a Senior Citizen myself.

I know a little lady who is nearing 89 years old she receives 610 $ a month on Social Security. This lady worked her entire life in a clothing factory she has told me many times she went to work when she was 14 making 50 cents an hour and worked until she turned 67 years old thus is the reason this lady only draws 610 a month. Back when she was in the work force women didn't make much money. This Lady never married so she has no husband to draw off of.

I took this lady to the Local Food Stamp office myself because I have been worried that she didn't have enough funds to eat all month. I was shocked to find out they offered her just $20.00 a month in assistance.This lady owns nothing not even a car so she don't even have any assets.

I don't know about you but I have never been able to walk out of a grocery store for under $20 even if I am only stopping for something to cook for the night.

I was even more shocked to witness a young couple a Wal-Mart in front of me in line who purchased their $932.00 worth of groceries on a food stamp card and proceed to load them in a Brand New Escalade (In case you didn't know that is a $70,000 vehicle) I realize I do not know how many people they were feeding nor do I know if that was indeed their vehicle but I do know if I owned a $70,000 vehicle you better be blood related to ask to borrow it.

When we have immigrants and refugees using our tax dollars for assistance and people abusing our funds. I have to wonder why does our government reduces the very people who made this country what it is today, into poverty?

Do they think she is unimportant because she is old, unable to work and lives alone? I bet she wasn't all that unimportant when she was paying her share of taxes.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Nov 1, 2009, at 7:34 PM

You made a great point Dianatn!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 7:46 AM

The government keeps saying we will not get a cost of living increase in social security checks for 2010 because "cost of living" went down. However, the cost of insurances are going up. My husband and I are lucky that we had jobs for 40 years allowing us to have some retirement benefits as well as Social Security. Can't imagine what it's like for those people our age who don't have that added income.

-- Posted by reilly on Tue, Nov 3, 2009, at 7:35 AM


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