Playing with the Age Markers
Wiki: “The United Nations has agreed that 65+ years may be usually denoted as ‘old age’” …
They’re not taking into account, as we often say here, “Age is a number, ATT-i-tude is LIFE.” You needn’t “act” young or immature—that can just make you appear cartoonish to everyone else. But thinking young and letting your ATT-i-tude flow from your inner child, is a must. Of course, there may be natural limitations, but a lively bearing—the hallmark of youth—and positive ATT-i-tude can go a long way to belie age and may even lessen age-related problems.
To really confuse the issue … Wiki: “One study distinguishes the young old (60 to 69), the middle old (70 to 79), and the very old (80+). Another study's sub-grouping is young-old (65 to 74), middle-old (75–84), and oldest-old (85+). A third sub-grouping is ‘young old’ (65–74), ‘old’ (74–84), and ‘old-old’ (85+). Describing sub-groups in the 65+ population enables a more accurate portrayal of significant life changes.” Phew! That’s a lot of sub-groups! And “more accurate portray of significant life changes.” Oh, do I have a problem with that!How about if we change it up a bit, at least in descriptive words, to be a tad more relevant, dignified and snappier? Whaddaya think …
Strictly speaking, we have “childhood,” roughly the formative years through 18 (most countries’ age of majority/Wiki); “adulthood,” looking at 19 years-50; and my preferred additions … “elderhood,” 51-65 years; and let’s revise “senior citizen” to “seniorhood,” at 66+! Shall we go on?
Let’s face it, we’re living longer, so if we continue the trend, we’ll need some fun labels for those past traditional “old age.” I favor “seniorhood” keeping us intact until around 80, at which point we could become “geniarianhood”—for all the older genarian terms, like octogenarian (80-89), sexagenarian (90-99) … and centenarian—those who have exceeded “normal” life expectancy—100+. And these days, normal would be … ????
If still a viable part of society, why segregate and alienate our elders by tagging them with a limiting moniker? Youth in ATT-i-tude can be a part of any age.
Let’s get on with our UN-birthdays …
MARCH 39ers ~ And More!
March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted due to winter. For 2020, we were interrupted not just by winter or wars—making 2021’s March Spring is especially welcome.
folks feel the winter more than others, making winter even more painful. Hopefully,
springing into March with help, along with National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month. without a link association,
I visited my health go-to-site for you, at which Mayo Clinic typifies this condition as “…a complicated disorder
characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that
can't be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue
worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest.” (FYI,
May 12th also recognizes the whole grouping of Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases
I remember decades ago that even if this ailment (and fibromyalgia; similar in scope) was given credence by a doctor, it was minimally treated as a “woman’s condition” and rarely taken seriously. As often is the case, science has come around to realize it’s real (and guys suffer with it too) and debilitating, if not treated.
March 8th: Enough seriousness. Let’s break
out the party! It’s Fun Facts About Names Day! Even a whole week
which began yesterday—Int’l Celebrate Your Name Week—is lauded on this site
with things to do every day through the 21st.
But today we “start with the facts, ma’am, just the facts …” Do you know, “U2's original band name was Feedback”? Or "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." was advice from John F. Kennedy, and for totally useless information, “Octotorpe is the name of the "#" symbol on a telephone.” Have fun!
March 17th: Combined with Spring, St. Patrick’s Day tends to put a spring in our steps after a long winter. Remember, you don’t need to have Irish DNA to be Irish for a day. ♪ *When Irish eyes are smiling … ♪
March 22nd: A special day seemingly made for 39AHC, though there is no official link. However, a few years back, I created one that tells you about the adorable 1951 movie, starring a budding blonde bombshell mega-star… think you know who it is? 39AHC adopted the movie As Young As You Feel, as an official club holiday on this date. Enjoy!
While you’re watching the movie, grab your popcorn and smother it in chocolate to honor American Chocolate Week! For 39ers who Follow the Stars …
Sensitive and caring Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) mingles with the daring and fiery Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) as March UN-birthday 39ers herald the seasonal change from winter doldrums to springy Spring. If there’s a Pisces in your life, you’ve likely experienced the watery emotions of the fish, deep and sometimes muddy. Take heart … March is cosmic and energetic for Pisces and moods lighten up as the month progresses, urged along by you and their great social connections.
As for Aries, well … it’s a busy business month for them. We know Aries is strong and capable, but this month they’re a ball of energy to be reckoned with. Advancing on a professional level for most of the month, they dance straight through the Ides of March with panache and perseverance.
Pisces finds its light green Zodiac color peaceful and healing, and though passionate red is attributed to Aries, no doubt Kelly green would make a terrifically appropriate accent!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Give yourself a break. Stop thinking you’re growing older, with the wisdom to know, old is relevant. ~ L. Rochelle
to your Happy UN-Birthday MARCH 39ers
This one’s for you, kids – Steven and Susan!
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*song credit: “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” Emmet Cahill; an official Celtic Thunder release.
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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!
LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!