Here is an article that we thought many of you would relate to or would want those who care for you, to read. It was published in The Banner, October 2010.
The Not-So-Golden Years by Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
They call it aging, but that is not an accurate word for growing old.
Aging is a universal thing. It’s what everybody does every day. Between birth and our eighteenth birthdays aging is called “growing up,” and I remember that we could not wait to do it, always acting as if we were older than we were. Aging simply means going through the life cycle: baby, infant, child, youth, adolescent, young adult, adult, middle age (here titles become tricky), mature adult, senior. Among old people we may still distinguish “young old” (65-74), “middle old” (75-84), and “oldest old” (85+). In this season we experience aging as a corrosion of our present form of existence.
I am on the border of middle old and oldest old. I live independently in a resident home for seniors. Assisted living is the next step down (or up). For those of us in this time of life, aging is an occupation. There are programs in which we are urged to participate because they will help us “age successfully.” Thus far I have avoided them. These programs are wisely…..
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