There was a time when our society could boast of peaceful, happy joint families, with senior citizens holding important positions as family heads. They were both revered and feared. Their words were law, and their wisdom stories were always savored. Now, Senior citizens can be cornered and mocked in nuclear families today. Ageing is often viewed as a long and painful illness rather than a natural stage of life.
Today's big question is, have senior citizens become obsolete in the world? Is society, family, and society complete without them? Today's youth will undoubtedly grow older tomorrow. Life is a circle, and what goes around must eventually come full circle. Looking around, aren't our administrators, politicians, doctors, scientists, CEOs, and health workers mostly senior citizens? The most interesting facts about senior citizens are revealed in a study titled "60 plus is no age bar." As a result, a study conducted in the United States discovered that the most productive age in a person's life is between the ages of 60 and 70. The following facts back up my claim:
- The average age of a CEO in a Fortune 500 company is 63 years old.
- The average age of pastors in America's top hundred churches is 71.
- Politicians and administrators all over the world are mostly between the ages of 55 and 70.
- Scientists and innovators have given the world numerous inventions and innovations during their productive and mature life spans.
Joy and humor - In other words, let us not be boring old people who young people avoid. Our interactions with various groups should be enjoyable and enjoyable. We don't have to die every day just because we're getting older; we don't have to die every day while we're still alive.
2. Health is our wealth - To stay healthy, we must eat to live rather than live to eat, as well as keep the mind fit and healthy through meditation, reading, and mind games. The body requires exercise, and the simplest form of exercise is brisk walking. Controlled drinking and smoking, as well as regular health checkups. Above all, a positive attitude is a powerful medicine for both the mind and the body.
3. Maintaining physical activity - As we age, lethargy and weakness become our constant companions. With so much advancement in technology, having an open mind to learn new things, playing games on our phones, and sticking to a regular timetable to stay active will undoubtedly increase our lifespan.
4. Spiritual food - Prayer, meditation, Bible and religious literature reading, daily mass for us Catholics, and the rosary nourish both our body and soul.
5. Hobbies and diverse interests - In Western countries, public libraries offer a wide range of activities to senior citizens, including knitting, tailoring, dancing, public speaking, writing and reading, and music. They engage in gardening, debating, and group walks in order to live a purposeful and fruitful life. I believe that cultivating a hobby to occupy our time is a priority.
6. Vacation and travel - Here. I'm referring to the most neglected aspect of our lives: a lack of financial planning and the sole purpose of saving for our children. With all of the changes in the family fabric and society, it is critical that we have retirement planning, vacation, and travel. Elders must keep an open mind in order to experience and enjoy new places and environments.
7. A healthy bank balance - As previously stated, it is our responsibility to make our children self-sufficient. We should plan our lives to include both comfort and recreation. The absence of a bank balance is a major cause of abuse and harassment of senior citizens.
8. Avoiding Envy and Gossip - Envy is a disease that affects both physical and mental health. In comparison to those who have done better in life, gossiping about them will make precious moments of life a living hell. By counting our blessings, we senior citizens can enjoy life.
9. Minimal or no interference - As active seniors, we could have been top bosses, administrators, and educators. However, once retired, we are just ordinary people - grandparents and parents in a family. It is extremely difficult to overcome our ego and sense of importance. However, a significant and difficult lesson is to find our place by following the path of least interference or non-interference. Only then can we live in the hearts of those we love.
10. Death is a fact of life - When the time comes to meet the Creator, we should go with a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that we have lived a full life free of regrets, sorrow, and suppressed grievances.
Aging is a beautiful thing. Let the twilight years prepare us to age gracefully and have a peaceful death in order to wake up in the next world, which is our permanent home, just as a busy day brings happy sleep.