I used to think that growing old was reckoned just in years,
But who can name the very date when weariness appears?
I find no stated time when man, obedient to a law,
Must settle in an easy chair and from the world withdraw.
Old Age is rather curious, or so it seems to me.
I know old men at forty and young men at seventy-three.
I'm done with counting life by years or temples turning gray.
No man is old who wakes with joy to greet another day.
What if the body cannot dance with youth's elastic spring?
There's many a vibrant interest to which the mind can cling.
'Tis in the Spirit age must dwell, or this would never be:
I know old men at forty and young men at seventy-threes.
This is an Old Age Poem that should make you think of our Seniors. Seniors today are lively and have a lot to offer if we stop and listen to what they have to say
Seniors and Housing
Seniors have a unique need in housing related to changes that occur with age. Some of these changes may be a normal part of healthy aging, while others may be related to unhealthy agingChronic conditions and physical limitations can effect their safety in their own home. Housing for seniors must take into consideration the need for safety, health care, physical activity, and social interaction. All these needs change with age and time.
Most seniors would love to remain in their own home for as long as possible. It is comfortable and familiar. Moving can mean a series of losses- loss of independence and privacy to some. Some women feel they have lost their role as the matriarch, and men also feel a loss of self-worth no longer seen as the bread winner. When they have raised their children in this home, it is a warm place to fall to them. The home is memories, experienses, good time and bad times, and love. Now the thought of it all going is scary and sad.
When seniors move, regardless why, either down sizing or having to go into a retirement home or a nursing home, it is very traumatic and can take months sometimes to adjust. It can take a great toll on their health physically and emotionally and should be taken into consideration when helping seniors to move.
Precaution and understanding and care should be taken into account when helping seniors to make a smooth transition, and always, if there is a way they can stay in their home that is great!!!!
In Canada, currently, the only age group that is seeing a rise in divorce is people over 50. Why? The empty-nest syndrome, more financial independence for women, living longer in better health, and prospects of new relationship are all contributing factors to this trend. People are waiting longer before marrying. A change in lifestyle due to retirement of one spouse and differing goals of each partner may add to the strain of the relationship. Some “boomers” find the prospect of another 20 years in a less than happy marriage a good reason to divorce. Older couples, when facing divorce have significantly different concerns than younger couples.
You want to know …
Can I afford to keep my house? How will this affect my retirement savings? How will this affect my pension? Company benefits? Will I have to go back to work? Will I have to pay spousal support? Will I have enough to live on after paying/receiving Spousal Support? What are the long term consequences of offering/accepting Settlement Offer “A” compared to “B”? How will I be affected by taxes under various settlement proposals? Why is it important to have a business or pension properly valued? How does my pension work? What choices do I have?
This is from Mutual Solutions on Grey Divorce today. http://mutualsolutions.ca/grey-divorce/