Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
What does “fall” mean to you? We know, at this age, that word has medical connotations. But we mean “fall” as in “autumn,” the only season with two names. For homeowners, it can mean raking leaves. For seniors moving into retirement villages, it means leaving rakes. Fall is a time of change. Leaves change colors, kids change grades, governments change during election years, menus change with the harvest, and people change clothes with the weather. Remember when TV stations changed programming with the “new fall schedule”? Let’s take a look back to see what befell us in autumns gone by.
One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.—Malcolm Muggeridge.
Did you know that the last full week in September is National Employ Older Workers Week, a time to celebrate and promote the value that our older adults bring to the workforce? Now that the maelstrom of COVID unfurls into a meandering current of normalcy, boomers and seniors are wading back into the workforce. Whether impelled by loneliness and boredom or propelled by financial need, many are seeking part-time employment opportunities. In some cases, seniors desire to pick up a few extra bucks to offset inflation and supplement retirement income yet eschew a full-time commitment and heavy responsibilities.
Primary and general elections are important times to exercise our unique freedom to choose the men and women who will govern us and to affect the future of those issues that concern and inspire us. Some states have changed policies and procedures for voting due to the COVID-19
One of the changes my family experiences in the fall is that we don’t hang out on the porch as much. Once in a while, when there is a warm winter day, we bundle up and head out to one of our favorite places. Our porch is a second-generation porch where many stories have been shared—some good, some not so good. It overlooks the Lehigh Valley with a gorgeous view of scenery ranging from balloons floating by to rainbows high in the sky.
The majority of Americans have spent decades turning their houses into homes—places of comfort, rest, and of course, wonderful memories. It is no surprise that so many are reluctant to abandon the familiar and the comfortable—the physical place that is the extension of their identity. As many of us age and develop mobility challenges, we struggle with the decision to either move to a new location that is accommodating to our needs or remain in the familiar and comfortable dwelling that we have made our home.