I am learning all about life from a different point of view since I have moved to my independent living apartment. For years I have worked and basically had close friends that were for the most part 15-20 years younger than me. Somehow with my younger attitude and outlook on life I could relate to their way of life and almost be a mentor to them. I didn’t fit in with people my age (especially if they hadn’t worked in years or ever) as they hadn’t moved with the times and were not into technology or any of the changes of communication that have surfaced over the years. For example I worked on a computer back in 1972 working for the IRS and loved it. I bought my own in 1990 and learned other programs and even prepared my tax return. When paying bills on- line became an option I grabbed it. I like the freedom and the knowledge that goes with it. I also enjoy writing and so I can do this repeatedly and just save my work for that book I am never going to publish but it is fun to look back and read some of my writings. Which brings me to the present time with the folks I am dealing with daily. Currently, I am the second youngest with the rest being in their mid 80’s 90’s and a few 100 plus wonderful men and women. When I volunteered to write profiles and learn about the residents’ backgrounds, they were surprised that I could type on a computer. One thing I always did and still do is offer my time to show these folks how to work the basics of a computer. The answer seems to be same time and again. “I am too old to learn-I can’t afford it, it is not safe..” It would be gratifying, if I could win over just one person but I haven’t given up hope just yet.
What I am learning from this group of elders is how elegant some of the women and men are. They are meticulous in their appearance and proud of their place in life in addition they are very kind to our wonderful staff that encompass servers, maintenance and entertainment. Others are not so kind but I have learned that there has been a great deal of tragedy in their lives and have a bitter outlook on life. Sadly a few of the elders feel they are ready to die (or in their own words), ready to meet their maker! And so every day as I see the different residents I try to be as outgoing and friendly to all. They are showing me how getting older can be pretty wonderful even with a walker wheelchair or oxygen. Life is what we make it and living it is the best!
Current Mood: Surprised