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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Hard to Get Old

 

We sat around the oaken table following the singing performance. My friend was sitting next to me; Eloise was sitting on my other side; and Joe sat quietly next to her. He seemed especially restrained after enjoying the music. I listened in to his conversation with Eloise:

Joe: I think it’s time for us to head home.

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Kay Hymowitz joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss a challenge facing aging populations in wealthy nations across the world: loneliness. Her essay in the Spring 2019 issue, “Alone,” explores this subject.

“Americans are suffering from a bad case of loneliness,” Hymowitz writes. “Foundering social trust, collapsing heartland communities, an opioid epidemic, and rising numbers of ‘deaths of despair’ suggest a profound, collective discontent.”

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I am asking for prayers for my mother-in law. She is our last remaining parent. She has multiple serious health issues – she has been on multiple meds for some time. She is 83 years old and my husband’s family is complicated. There are ACOA issues, and a lot of stress. She has been admitted […]

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Don’t misunderstand: I am not consumed with death or dying. In fact, I am in love with life and focus on my daily blessings. I’m also not talking about being alone at my deathbed, but rather about the possibility that I might be a widow one day. I am going to be 69 this year. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Biblical Meditation on Aging

 

It’s that time of year again. I embark this week on my journey back to my boyhood home to spend the summer on the farm taking care of my Dad. Since 1981 I have lived in Texas. When I retired in 2014, my wife and I bought the house I grew up in from my parents. Mom had passed two years prior and she had always wanted my wife and me to buy the house — she wanted the peace of mind that it would remain in the family. At that point in time, Dad had been living with Parkinson’s Disease for 10 years. His mobility was diminishing but he could still live at home. Two years later, in March 2016, we had to move him into a nursing home. We are blessed in that it is only a mile from our house and sits on 100 acres of beautiful grounds. The facility is a former convent and still has a strong connection to the Catholic Church. Many aging nuns and priests are there and daily mass is offered, along with exceptional health care. Yet, Dad is failing. I can’t believe he has lived with Parkinson’s as long as he has. He is 90 now, and not only is a physical wreck, but is starting to fail mentally. That is probably all detail that you didn’t need but it gets me to the point of this post: this beautiful reflection on the book of Ecclesiastes.

Monsignor Charles Pope begins his reflection:

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Today marks the occasion that my personal life systems was initiated to fully independent mode from the mother ship. The exact time noted on the certificate was 11:55 pm. The lucky number 7 has never had a bearing on my fortunes as near as I can tell…. so far. Being five minutes too early for […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On the Perception of the Passing of Time as We Age

 

As a kid I recall adults – my parents, my grandparents, others – every now and then talk and complain about how time flies by or some similar sentiment. When they made these statements and complaints, they weren’t talking about how quickly their workday went by or how rapidly tonight’s dinner party came and went. Instead, the context of these statements generally referred to longer time frames – how quickly the last week or the last month or six months flew by.

At the time, I didn’t really understand what they were talking about and I figured it was just something adults said. And, although it is something adults say, there is a certain truth to it. I’m in my sixties now, and I understand what those adults were talking about. I’ve understood it for a while now – I don’t know when I first experienced this phenomenon – I imagine I was around 30 years of age. As far as I know, this is a common occurrence – at some point in time most of us (all of us?) experience this perception of the speeding up of time as we age.

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When did you, as young adult, realize that the modifier “young” was no longer applicable? For me and some of my former fraternity brothers it was when we noticed that we were no longer as hot to get the newest gadget, see the newest movie, catch the newest band as we had been in college. […]

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I just came from Eye Center South. I have been having clouded vision which has increased over the last couple years. My recent visit to eye doctor revealed…..cataracts!!! But I’m too young to have cataracts I hollered! He said he’s seen them in all ages – 20’s to 80’s! He said smoking, (not me), diabetes […]

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I did not write a word of this, a sixty year old friend of mine. Thinking about my own shortcomings, I felt I ought pto share it. ………………………………………………… More

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A short but perhaps difficult question for our elder retirees: How has your own retirement compared with your expectations of it? Any and all aspects are welcome for discussion: financial, social, family, health, activities, relaxation, labors, etc.  More

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The tea kettle started singing and he turned the burner off. Boiling water soaked into the oatmeal mix in the bowl. He couldn’t remember what the package said this flavor was, but it looked like it had raspberry bits in there. He didn’t much like oatmeal, but it went down easy and he didn’t have […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Youth Is Wasted on the Young

 

shutterstock_384007933All the trees turned green, overnight. It’s like the world changed and I missed it, and I’m not sure if it always happened this way or if time just moves more rapidly now that I started to pay attention.

I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately, as I tend to at this part of the year, but this now it’s all hitting me a lot harder. In a few weeks, I turn 35.

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Today I turn – cough – cough.…well, as my friend of the same age put it, it’s the 39th anniversary of my 21st birthday. I feel weird. I don’t know what it is about the number, but it startles people. When I mention how old I am, their eyes bug out, their mouths form a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. An Age Limit for Supreme Court Justices?

 

GinsburgNoted Supreme Court scholar David Garrow argues that the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Roberts specifically, should take action to address the increasing age of judges. He raises an important problem: the Supreme Court should not be a comfortable retirement home. Garrow proposes that judges undergo mental health checkups and that new judges agree to a retirement age.

But I do not think there is any way that a law could do constitutionally. The Constitution does not permit removal of a judge from office except in limited circumstances, and only through the process of impeachment. Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution states that “the judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior.”

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I really dislike this saying! I may have that reaction, in part, because I’m 66. Or my resistance might be that the statement is true. But mostly, I think “old age isn’t for sissies” implies, for me, that life is hard and it’s only going to get worse. In one sense that may be true, […]

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I’m not foaming at the mouth to see the last three movies in the trilogy—call it Jar Jar Binks hate syndrome, after the first three prequels. However, this picture of Ford, Hamill, and Fisher has made me rethink even giving the latest trilogy a try: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-11/disney-courts-star-wars-die-hards-with-live-concert-old-stars More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Older You Are, the More Coffee You Drink

 

Zagat conducted an interesting survey for us caffeine addicts:

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We all know the usual signs of getting older: hair turning gray or white, little aches and pains you didn’t have before, having to squint to read things—stuff like that. However, this post is for you folks my age who don’t think you’re getting older, mainly because you’ve yet to suffer the just-mentioned obvious signs. […]

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