Betty Ago: Politics

Do not ever talk about politics or religion! Isn’t that what everyone tells you? Unfortunately, these topics lie at the basis of the social creatures that we are. Therefore, I am going to talk about politics — but not the stuff you see on television. However, I will try to be fair and balanced (as Fox News says).

BGO (Before Getting Old), I was very active in Voter Registration Drives. We would set up tables on College Campuses, at Shopping Malls, and any organization that invited us. By “us” I usually mean the League of Women Voters. I felt comfortable with this organization because it is non-partisan, never endorses candidates, and stresses voter participation and education.

At our CCRC, we, along with most retirement communities, have a RAC (Resident Advisory Council). This group consists of residents elected to two-year terms representing their geographic area of the community. The purpose is to funnel concerns and ideas from residents to administration. Depending on the individuals involved, it can function as anything from “Reasonable Action Channel” to “Reactionary Authority Chamber.”

We all, residents that is, bring who we are with us when we move here. Some folks are determined to start new. Some try new hobbies, learn to paint, play a new game, and reluctantly try new foods. However, “Wherever you go, there you are.” This is a quote variously accredited to Confucius (551-479 BC), Lord Buckley (comedian 1906-1960), Buckaroo Bonzai (1984 movie), and Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944-, creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program).

Some people bring their need for status. This is not a criticism. It is a real need. RAC can provide an outlet for that. Others seek the comfort of rules and someone to follow. RAC provides that also. I’m still non-partisan.

Betty Ago



Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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