When it comes toolderworkers, there seem to be at least two questions we struggle with:
a. What are the capabilities of those people we're callingolderworkers?
b. What am I going to want to do or be able to do whenIreach theoldercategory?
I think the answer is:
Follow Bernice and Harold
I didn't know Bernice until I read her obituary. Take a look and see how it speaks to you.
. . .She was a world traveler,
visiting Europe several times, once having the opportunity to visit the
Crown Prince of Lichtenstein. She was able to engage in several
unusual activities after the age of 85. In Florida her son in law took
her for a ride on his motorcycle; in California she flew in a hot air
balloon and enjoyed hang gliding over the pacific coastline. On a trip
to Alaska, she flew in a helicopter to the top of a glacier and also
participated in an exciting white water rafting experience. (Bernice)
was a life long member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension where
she had been a Sunday School Teacher and
member of the Choir and Altar Guild. She was very active in the OES for
over 80 years and contributed countless volunteer
hours for the Red Cross. She was well known as a maker of numerous
braided rugs, completing two additional ones last spring, in her 100th
year. She made many new friends in recent years at (The) Manor
where she continued enjoying craft work. . .
I do know Harold. He's my father. He managed to survive D-Day
physically unscathed. Sixty-two years later he had a leg
removed as a result of diabetes and related circulatory problems.
What did he do?
He went to physical therapy 5 days a week; mastered the use of an
artificial limb; and, during lunch hour, fed those around him whose
ailments made it impossible to feed themselves. Harold said it gave him
a sense of worth to help people whoweren't as fortunateas he. Some of his high school friends recetently took him to a 68-year reunion
luncheon. His description: "It was terrific to be
with my buddies--the girls and the guys--and laugh together again."
The "girls and the guys." I think that's the key phrase. Bernice and Harold both decided tolive lifeas a "girl" and a "guy" instead of caricatures from a marketing demographic.