Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The latest is RENAISSANCE MAGAZINE published by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging. Featured on the cover is an active, happy senior couple riding a bike together. Looks good, except it doesn't look like a bicycle built for two and one of them is going to wind up with a broken hip if they hit one of the potholes created by the tough winter we've experienced in NJ. They won't be smiling then for sure.
The cover of RENAISSANCE must have been designed by someone barely out of their twenties. The little highlighted headlines include Medicare Update, Fitness and Mental Sharpness and Clever Cooking. Clever cooking? If you're really clever, you gave up cooking the same year that your last child left the nest.
But the BIG cover headline was my favorite!
On Your Fitness . On Your Nutrition
On Your Creativity . On Your Technology
On Your Taxes . On Your Volunteerism
I pictured a happy smiling senior woman, munching on a Power Bar, while jogging to her pottery class, stopping by her accountant's on the way. Oh, and she was twittering all of her friends about her great new volunteer position setting up hiking trips through the Mojave for other active seniors at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking! The headline alone left me exhausted!
Let's take them one by one, shall we?
On Your Fitness - Well, I just had a perfect physical, but smashing my leg when I missed three steps and fell in NYC at Christmastime has made me a lot more cautious about every step I take, so I'll skip that one for the moment.
On Your Nutrition - Hmmmm, guess Mallomars for breakfast doesn't work for older folks? I'll just have to wash mine down with that oh-so-trendy pomegranate juice.
On Your Creativity - Hope my blog covers this one, although I did make some really cool gifts for family and friends this Christmas. And I am hoping to be more creative with my wardrobe. But I am finding that I sometimes start a project like cleaning out my closet and CREATE quite a mess and run out of steam before the job is complete. I guess that falls under the heading of creative.
On Your Technology - I do know how to use a computer, an eReader, an answering machine and a cell phone. Even a scanner and a fax, and I'm such a dinosaur that I actually had a job that required me to send messages by Telex. I'm going to have to focus on this area a little since I still can't get the 12:00 to stop flashing on my DVD player. But since my cable box and cell phone always have accurate time, I don't really need another place to know if it's morning or night. I have to admit that some of the new technology just gives me a damn headache. I'm waiting for some young genius to finally invent a true universal remote that will turn on the TV, the cable, the DVD player and Wii for streaming movies from Netflix. Now that is the technology that someone should be working on, because hunting through seven remotes to watch a movie is just too tiring when you're old.
On Your Taxes - Wow, that one is a downer and could rob anyone of the strength to focus on fitness, creativity or nutrition. We'll skip taxes for now since we have until April 15th to get really stressed about them.
On Your Volunteerism - This is a good one. I've done a lot of volunteering in the past. I was on a local Board of Education for three years. I was a board member for Literacy Volunteers of America, the library in the town we lived in before moving to Mendham, and also the Interfaith Food Pantry. Many many moons ago, I was a very pregnant Pink Lady at Morristown Memorial Hospital while awaiting the arrival of my first son. With the arrival of children I volunteered to be class mother, cub scout treasurer, and something with the Kick-a-poos. I've done some other volunteering as well, but with the arrival of AARP magazine and all of the other senior mailings maybe I should volunteer at the local recycling center since seniors are besieged with unsolicited offers and someone has to sort all of those printed publications.
Leafing through RENAISSANCE, you'll find ads for reverse mortgages. We all know what they are. They're those lending vehicles that let you spend your children's inheritance BEFORE it's too late! There are ads for mausoleums; don't think I'm ready for that yet.
There are some informative and some very dull articles, but my favorite was WHAT'S THE WORD. This article deals with "new" words used by our children or grandchildren. Words like tweet, chillax, emotional dump (sounds ugly) and unfriend. They even offer definitions of email shorthand like ROFL which I hope you all know is rolling on the floor laughing. I personally prefer LMFAO, but then I've always enjoyed a good expletive or two.
But honestly, folks, we're getting older but hopefully we're not getting STUPIDER. We know the things we need to focus on and the things that we need to do to protect our futures. But these magazines just seem to take the fun out of life and the wind out of my sails. My suggestion to the NJ Foundation for Aging is that they hire some actual SENIOR CITIZENS (I'm using caps so you know I'm yelling) to write some fun articles about things older people love to do, hobbies they looked forward to pursuing when their children were older, friends they wanted to reconnect with and yes, even blogging.