Generally, a senior citizen is one who is over the age of 60. Some define “senior citizen” as “…elderly persons or simply as seniors. Categorically, a senior citizen is a social demographic based on age … Being a senior citizen typically means that a person is at the age in which they retire from work” (From seniorliving.org).
Here’s the key point: just because you’re 60 or older, doesn’t mean you’re become useless.
You’re still vibrant, active, and younger generations have much to learn from you. You’ve seen it all right? In any event, how do you know if you’re a senior?
Here a few ideas, though there are likely many others.
1. Acting your age. There’s no official designation for being a senior citizen in most countries. You don’t get a prize and the government doesn’t send you a reward.
You are likely just beyond that age that most advertisers covet, and hey, who needs their junk anyways, right?
b Weekdays versus weekends no longer matter. You’re likely no longer working and Monday is the same as Saturday. You likely have seven days to do whatever you want, rather than just one or two days like before.
3. You may need longer to recover. If you stayed up and went a little “crazy” last night, you may need a bit longer to recuperate. The fact is, it’s more difficult to “work hard, play hard” as we age. A good Saturday night for you might be eating-in, or a good book and a film.
b You don’t recognise some things from today. Modern music? Video games? “YouTube stars?” What’s that all about? What happened to rotary phones and VHS tapes?
5. “You look so young!” Yes, people start commenting on how young you look… for your age.
6. Your time orientation changes. Breakfast at 6:30, lunch at 11, dinner by 5, bed by 9! You become the “morning person” you never thought you were!
7. Your eyes, yes your eyes. “How come these mobile phone makers keep making the text smaller and smaller?” Ha ha ha. You know it’s you, not them!
8. You’re more price conscious. Let’s face it. Most retirees are living on a fixed income or a small pension, while prices seem to keep rising.
9. You start noticing things aren’t made for seniors. You have to walk up a flight of stairs. The sidewalks aren’t level. That trek from the car park to the mall seems a lot longer these days.
10. You’re attending more funerals than weddings. It’s just a fact of life, isn’t it?
This article was written by Andrew Mastrandonas, Co-founder and CEO of Pillar (www.pillarcare.com) and reviewed by Dr Lim Geng Yan (M.D). Pillar provides a range of elderly home caregiving services, sending trained and certified professional caregivers and nurses to clients’ homes. For more information please visit https://care.pillarcare.com/fmtpromo