Broadcast:  Senior community to world; We are still people! Repeat. We are still people!  Listen carefully! We are still people! “Soylent Green is People”. Whoops. Sorry. That last sentence is from an old sci-fi movie.

Why am I ranting?  Read the ads and you will see: Music for seniors, exercise for seniors, movies for seniors, TV for seniors, books for seniors, computers for seniors, telephones for seniors, clothing for seniors, food for seniors, toys for seniors, colors for seniors, pets for seniors, websites for seniors, medication for seniors, bathtubs for seniors, doctors for seniors, furniture for seniors, greeting cards for seniors, wine for seniors, birthday cake for seniors, balloons for seniors, jobs for seniors and anything else that someone wants to sell.

By now, I think you get the idea.  Just because we move along with time does not mean that we gradually morph into anonymous creatures that all have the same desires, needs, opinions, likes, dislikes, and problems.

Now wait a minute, Betty. You did choose to live in a CCRC with a bunch of other time travelers.

I live here because of my needs and desires and NOT because of my age. One of my daughters pointed out that the age restrictions on the population of residents at Brookdale (or any other similar) community is short sighted. She knows many professionals who would love to pursue their work and travels without the worry of maintaining a home, doing domestic chores, cooking, finding occasional dining companions or social events, and access to health care. On the other hand, I know many people my age, and a lot older, who live happily, safely, and successfully in a variety of private residential situations. 

Most people would agree that prejudice is wrong. That is, to pre-judge any group by race, religion, national origin, gender, size, ability, or age, is not acceptable. Suppose that in the list above, you substituted the words ‘white men’ for ‘senior’.  How does it sound to you?

OK. I’m finished ranting. Before I go back to my rocking chair, I will offer you two miscellaneous thoughts.

  1.  I was recently asked, “what are good apps for seniors”. There is a really cool app that comes to mind. It seems silly on the surface and teenagers love it. But, I love it, too. Applause. Yes, an app that allows you to create the sound of applause on your smart phone.  It’s great for people who cannot applaud. Think of someone with only one hand. Think of folks with serious arthritis in their hands. Note: Age is not the issue! OK. Sorry. There I go again.
  2. Have you ever noticed that if you type the same word over and over again, it starts to look peculiar?  I could swear that I’ve misspelled ‘senior”. 

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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