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In the Know: Aging can be adventurous fun

Paul C. Anderson Former Douglas County Commissioner Let's put aside all negative thoughts about getting old for a few minutes. I know it's hard but let's put on a smile, sit back in our easy chair and direct our thoughts to some of the wonderful ...

Paul C. Anderson

Former Douglas County Commissioner

Let’s put aside all negative thoughts about getting old for a few minutes. I know it’s hard but let’s put on a smile, sit back in our easy chair and direct our thoughts to some of the wonderful memories of the past years.
This is what the writer of this article has done many times. Let’s think of aging as a trip. All trips have a destination. First of all, decide where you are going and what must you do to get there. As an example, I plan on my trip ending in Heaven, but until I get to this destination, I plan to enjoy the days I have left of this aging process.
Let’s see what there is available for fun while aging. First, keep a smile on that face of yours and the person you are talking to will also smile. Maybe a funny story will help. Have you ever thought how much fun it would be to jump on one of those powerized grocery carts and go cruising up and down the grocery aisles? Or how about getting a power wheel chair out on home demo? This of course would be for an invalid wife at home, but of course the dealer didn’t know she passed away three years ago. When you return the wheel chair, be ready to run from the dealer’s anger.
Don’t forget to get your doctor’s authorization for a handicapped card for your vehicle. This will eliminate the thought of getting too much exercise, which you definitely need. Join the local senior citizens club. For a small fee you would have a place to enjoy five days per week, playing cards or shooting pool with some folks in the same situation as you. Or maybe a cup of coffee with friends every morning, where you could assist in solving the world’s problems and hug your favorite waitress and throw down your customary two-bit tip as a way to start the day.
Reading is a good option if you are not inclined to be active. You can get your reading materials at the local library or online. Also, there are many places that are in desperate need of volunteers.
Be sure to include your wife or girlfriend (not at the same time) in your trip plan to attend a dance or a movie or just for a dinner out. I find that the busier I keep myself, the better I feel.
Here’s a little about the writer: A fall resulted in a broken neck and scalp damage, plus three aneurysm surgeries, triple bypass surgery, and I am nearly 88 years old. Why do I want to keep a positive attitude: a loving wife of 66 years, our son and his family, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. That’s plenty to keep a smile on my face.
I might suggest becoming active in the Alexandria Senior Citizens Club, located across the street from St. Mary’s School. There you will find many card players, pool players, bingo, and probably any other recreational activity you can imagine.
One final comment: You can tell I am not an editorialist.
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“In the Know” is a rotating column written by community leaders from the Douglas County area.

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