Who is a senior citizen? My grandfather was a senior citizen for the entire time I knew him. My Dad was a senior citizen for most of my life. Suddenly, I am a senior citizen.
When are You a Senior Citizen?
My grandkids ask me to tell them about the “olden days.” I have people at stores ask me if I need at hand. Am I a senior citizen because I have white hair? Am I a senior citizen because of my age. Possibly, its because of how organizations and the government view me.
When I think about my grand-parents and my parents at my age, I am very different from them.
I think differently than they did. I find that I am more interested in many things than ever before in my life. For that reason, I am on the go a lot more than my parents.
They were skeptical of new food, new politicians and new experiences. They were particularly skeptical of new ideas. I find all of that exciting. My outlook on life is different from my parents and grandparents at my age.
I can’t lift as much as I used to. I can’t run as fast as I did when I was younger. But I have the same energy as I always have. At least, I think I do. Aches and pains not withstanding, a day of hiking or an hour of swimming or basketball still feels good. I try to walk, not jog, 5 miles daily.
My next birthday will put me two years over the age to receive Social Security. I will have had MediCare for 3 years on May 8th. Websites ask me to scroll way down to reach my birth year. As far as the government is concerned, I’m senior citizen.
Who Are Senior Citizens?
When does senior insurance kick in? There are AARP Insurance plans 50, 65 years olds can access. Is everyone in that age range at senior? Many people say that 10,000 baby boomers world wide turn 65 daily.
Glen Kessler wrote in an article dated July 24, 2014:
“Ten thousand people a day is certainly a big number. Over 365 days, that’s almost 4 million people. But then everything about the “Baby Boom” generation is pretty big. There were 76 million people born between the years 1946 and 1964, the traditional window for the baby boom generation. That means that they will retire over a 19-year period. Simple math shows that 76 divided by 19 is 4 million, or almost 11,000 people a day.”
That’s a lot of people. When I go the store, I see people about my age everywhere I look.
What Do Seniors Mean to the World?
Many people who study demographic trends and their results think that this number of seniors will impact the world economically. With health care improving and nutrition standards rising world wide, seniors are living long.
“Business Insider”, in a Reference.com article, speculates. “America’s 65-and-older population is growing rapidly thanks to the aging Baby Boom generation. This means more and more people are dropping out of the labor force and spending less and less money.” This is seems to be the case world wide.
“Global Health and Aging” observes. “In 2010, an estimated 524 million people were aged 65 or older—8 percent of the world’s population. By 2050, this number is expected to nearly triple to about 1.5 billion, representing 16 percent of the world’s population.”
Wikipedia states that almost 27.6 percent of the world’s population is presently under 15 years of age. Yet people are living longer. The birth rate annually doubles the death rate world wide.
Seniors have built upon the foundation of the past in all areas of life. They will be dependent on others to provide their long term future.
Why This Website?
This website is for me. I’m a senior. What does that means in all areas of my life. This can be a place where other seniors can share their experiences. I need to know how others are handling what I am handling.
Take a moment to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Are you a senior? Do you seem different than you parents did when they were your age?