Help thy neighbor

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Sally Jones Heinz

We all naturally have resistance to yielding some of our independence and accepting help for things we once could do by ourselves. But especially in an increasingly complex society, it is wise to focus on the things we can do and also to make use of resources that connect us with others — not just our comfortable circle of friends and family, but also people and organizations we may have never known.

Gracefully giving up our need to control all aspects of our lives opens us up to new opportunities to share our gifts with others and to stimulate new vitality for ourselves.

Recent research from the Plough Foundation shows:

Neighbors can play a major role in helping one another, a win-win situation with no cost to governmental agencies or charities;

In Shelby County, 83 percent of seniors said they and their neighbors routinely help one another with errands or chores; and

Approximately 90 percent of seniors feel their neighbors are honest, trustworthy and willing to help.

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Don’t rust out; burn out

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Matt Anzivino

My 82-year-old mother taught herself how to play the piano at 70. She walks 3 miles every day. She averages 145 in bowling. She golfs, ministers at the neighborhood nursing home every week, as well as the local prison. I could go on and on. She certainly lives up to her advice: “Don’t rust out; burn out!”

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Better, not bitter

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Brandon Porter

Psalms 37:25: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” This implies that getting old is a blessing. So my advice to those of us who are blessed to be 55 and older: Don’t get bitter; get better.

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The age of God

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Alex Wellford

I find it helpful to be reminded that the person of God’s creating — each of us — is neither young nor old, not in God’s eyes. Perhaps it should not be any different when we see others. When John, James and Peter saw Jesus, Elijah and Moses together during the transfiguration, I doubt that they gave any thought to the ages of the people they saw.

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Making the world better

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Richard Smith

I do believe that as we grow older we can live by certain guiding principles: Realize aging is what it is, can’t stop it; keep on taking care of your body and mind; keep on investing in making the world a better place day by day; love and live every moment as best you can with joy; and stay enthusiastically connected to God.

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Preparing to be older

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Susan Sharpe

I remember when I was much younger going with my mother to visit folks in the nursing homes. Some were so nice and kind; others were mad at the world. I asked my mother about the mad ones. She explained that so-and-so had something happen to her in life and never got over it. “I hope I’m kind and sweet when I get older,” I said. Mother replied, “Well, you better start being kind and sweet now. When you get older, you just get more of what you were when you were young.”

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The Wisdom Years

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Janice Vanderhaar

Gerard Vanderhaar: “I looked upon 20-40 as the Learning Years, when I was on my own after leaving home and getting a fix on what I could do; 40-60 were the Command Years, when I was able to apply what I had learned in a more effective way; 60-80 I’ve come to appreciate as the Wisdom Years, when I feel good about what I know and have done and can share if asked but not force on others. What about 80? If I live that long, my life after 80 will be the End Game.”

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Live to God’s glory

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Randolph Meade Walker

At Castalia in 2012, we had one black male and one black female turn 90. In 2013, we had four black females turn 90. So far in 2014, we’ve had one black female turn 90. And for the first time in our history, on Valentine’s Day, we had a black female turn 100! Based on what I’ve observed, growing old gracefully involves being active physically, socially and above all spiritually. Live to God’s glory, and sound stewardship of one’s person is a byproduct.

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Keep doing

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Harry K. Danziger

Years ago, a wise older friend told me, “After you retire, always have one thing you have to do each day. Don’t wake up with absolutely nothing you plan to do.” I also personally try not to make jokes about senior moments and the like. When you become senior, hopefully every moment is a gift, senior or otherwise.

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Stay busy, pray daily

March 1, 2014 in Featured Question of the Week, Growing Older, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by David Hall

I will be 70 by 2020. The best advice I can give is stay healthy, stay busy, and pray daily.

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