If you are a senior and own a computer, you probably get deluged at times with forwards that deal with aging. None of us ever likes being called “seniors” as most of us don’t see ourselves that way until we pass a mirror unexpectedly.

There is a commercial on television showing a gray-haired lady who argues that she does not have to wear one of those around-the-neck call buttons. She declares, “That’s for old people.” But she sees the light once she falls and can’t get up, and is so thankful at the end of the commercial that she was wearing the device.

I am a senior citizen living in a retirement center. My late husband and I moved here when his health deteriorated and I was not able to care for him properly in our own home. We had vowed to each other early in our marriage that a nursing home would never be our address. Life has a way of changing our well-planned lives.

Now the dreaded S words have come into my life — some good and some not so good:

• “Senior” is not one of the bad ones when you consider the alternative.

• “Sleeplessness” at night that comes with advanced years is a common complaint of the elderly. (Those afternoon naps are probably the cause.)

• “Security” is not a problem in the controlled environment that I now enjoy.

• “Sorrow” is not the exclusive property of the elderly and can be found at all ages.

• “Solitude” and “silence” are luxuries.

• “Sure” of our opinions is no longer in our makeup as we find that we are less sure of anything as we learn more in our dotage.

• “Sensitive” to what others may say about us makes no impression. We’ve heard it all before and are still here. An old saying, “Say nothing, do nothing, be nothing,” comes to mind.

• “Sickness” is an ongoing thing at any age, so no complaint there.

• “Stiletto” heels have been replaced with “sensible” shoes.

• “Spontaneity” is a good word so we don’t make long-range plans.

• A “sense” of humor is the best S word. To be able to laugh and find hilarity wherever we can is truly a blessing.

 

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