Saturday, October 15, 2011

Things Seniors Need

Recently an on-line article (credited to AARP) "25 things Senior Citizens don’t need" caught my attention.  A litany cute items were on the list.  Of course we don’t need a 36-roll package of toilet paper or a 2-gallon container of mayonnaise from our favorite wholesale store.  Nor do we need three hundred HD channels from the local cable company.   Most these items would make a very long email joke; I am sure that this list is now circulating and will outlast all of us.
But a serious question is implied: What do seniors need?  Doctors, social workers and scholars could develop a list of worthy real needs.  A list of medications comes to my mind instantly: to share with doctors and emergency responders.  Another need would an emergency contact list, a file of important documents and the list goes on. 
I’ve made a top ten list of things Seniors really need.  Perhaps need or things are not the correct words.  I consider them qualities or behaviors that are essential for a person’s well being.  

  1. Spouse or friend:  We are social creatures and loneliness is not a pleasant situation.  Be involved with people; if you can’t be with them pickup the phone and tell them you love them, miss them and make a point to meet.
  2. Good food:  A good diet, one that is appropriate for your health issues is important.  Good food includes occasional indulgences or a meal out of the home, and even perhaps a glass of wine or beer.  Treat yourself to a special dinner at your favorite restaurant occasionally. 
  3. A good book:  Loose yourself in the adventure of reading a best seller, an old classic, or just anything that interests you.  Don’t spend you days or evenings only watching TV. 
  4. Share or teach a skill you possess:  Teaching is truly a wonderful experience.  Passing on your knowledge and helping others learn new concepts, ideas and knowledge gives one a feeling of value.  Or take a class and learn something new or expand your area of expertise.  Read at the local library or school. 
  5. Daily routine:  Have a schedule of things to do, places to go to or meetings to attend.  Keep a calendar for these activities, have a routine.  Don’t wait for things to happen.  Stay busy.  Visit a neighbor or a morning walk with a friend could included in your routine. 
  6. Dreams and goals:  Work on a bucket list of places to visit or things to do, grand or modest.  Desire is a human trait that gives our lives a purpose.  We are not lumps on a log.  We need to have a purpose.  Visit that old high school friend, go on a picnic, or travel to the near or far corners of the world.  Visit the historic neighborhoods in your area. 
  7. A good doctor:  We may hate to visit them, but we need them.  You know your body; you know what your normal is.  Tell the doctor how you feel, they are not mind readers.  They want to help you. 
  8. Hobby:  Keeping busy with a purpose can fill the days.  It can be knitting, photography, any number of collectables, writing, wood working, jewelry making and on and on.  Every hobby has a magazine and group of participants.  Purposeful activities keep us sharp and interesting. 
  9. Be optimistic with a measure of skepticism:  We live in a complicated, sometimes confusing world.  Look for the bright side of life.  But remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably is not true.  
  10. Responsibility: Somebody is counting on you.  It could be your spouse, your children, a friend or even your pet.  They need you and it is your duty to be there for them.

Ruby is a senior citizen
KISS.  Knowledge is so stimulating.

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