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Sheaffer: Aging Culture

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We live in and among a myriad of groups in this country. Groups based on ethnicity, heritage, culture, etc.

While being a fairly typical kind of guy (I don't have a huge majority of any specific ethnicity), I happen to belong to one of the largest cultural groups in the nation--Aging Individuals.

And, frankly, so do you.

However, I want to talk about a subset of said culture, those who are elders, seniors, boomers, whatever you may care to call us. We've hit 60 and beyond--some way beyond!

I tend to have an ear for issues that relate to this part of the group, and figured it was due to my being in the biz...being part of the group professionally and personally. Now, though, I'm convinced that more and more of us are becoming involved (or staying involved) in our communities.

Society appears to have stumbled onto the fact that we are here. While I don't have a snappy title to append to us, I think it's obvious we're not the "silent generation", though admittedly, sometimes we might benefit from a little silence.

We have always had a lot of information to sort through in our communities. It appears, to me at least, that the emphasis has really shifted toward elders--as witnessed by the preponderance of ads aimed at our group on TV, radio, flyers in the mail, etc.

Seems like marketing folks have certainly sensed the trend.

So what's this about? It's about the flood of information available regarding issues ranging from Medicare to taking care of family members; from getting legal documents in order to Advanced Directives (i.e., setting your medical treatment preferences in advance); from raising grandchildren (or even great grandchildren), nephews, nieces, etc.

And what about dealing with Alzheimer's? Taking care of someone with the disease and/or taking care of the caregiver who's providing the care?

Then there's the "I'm retired and still want to be active in the community" scenarios. Are there opportunities for that? Where can you go to learn more about....?

Point 1: We're all in this together. If we're not part of the culture, we know people who are. And, remember--none of us are aging backward.

Point 2: Since we're all in this together, we can all work together to make things happen

More questions? Something I didn't mention (undoubtedly)? Call either of the numbers at the end of the column and let's see what we can find together.

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Long Beach: 642 3634/888 571 6558

Raymond: 942 2177/888 571 6557

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