Many senior citizens know that one of the contributors to Emily Post’s success came when more and more people wanted to know how to behave in social situations. Letters of inquiry launched a career, still a part of Americana. Her answers became legend and law and revisions have been made as necessary throughout the decades.
There are new questions today, necessitated by a changed and an ever changing social environment. These questions arise as legitimately as they did when persons wanted to know which fork to use.
But today’s questions have more to do with sensitivity to social crises than to table manners. They are questions that come from every generation. No age group is immune. Seniors, whose experience may be sharpened through years of experience, are nonetheless often caught in situations new to them and are frequently in need of advice.
Here are some of the surprises and dynamics that may confront us all:
Q: A friend sends an invitation to a wedding of one of their children. The bride is pregnant and marrying someone of another ethnic background; how do you handle it?
A: You handle it as you would any invitation. If you are available and wish to attend, you reply accordingly. You purchase a gift which you have sent or take to the occasion. You exercise 100% genuine courtesy, thoughtfulness and participate as a friend who cares and is delighted to have been invited.
Q: Someone special in your circle, friend or family, is going through an experience of terminal illness with someone in their family; how can you be present to them during their uncertainty and pain?
A: Exercising compassion and presence is an absolute top of the list must. Authentic presence, in body or not, is the best extension of caring there is. Caring Bridge is a web site where many persons going through this experience are available to receive messages of caring. Direct contact, without overdoing it, is always welcomed. Telephone calls, timed appropriately, are very intimate and personal. Greeting cards, offers for assistance, dropping by with a platter of cookies are expressions of affection. Listening is the most precious gift of all. Offering a shoulder follows that.
Q. Someone in your acquaintance has lost a significant portion of their retirement nest egg. They aren’t sure what lies ahead, how can you be helpful?
A. While you may not be in a position to rescue them from their financial catastrophe, you can be in a position to assist strategizing with them a means for coping and moving forward. It will be painful. It may offer some dead ends, but their having someone to assist them to hold up the ceiling, when it feels as if it is crashing in upon them, will be a gift beyond measure. It is the age old story for senior citizens. Etiquette is another way of showing respect, offering generosity and grace, especially when it takes into account the deepest respect for and needs of others.
Article provided by Dr. Jerry D. Elrod. Dr Elrod, and his wife, Dr Sharon Shaw Elrod, manage Senior Citizen Journal online. For information on retirement, Baby Boomers and everything related to Seniors, please visit my blog at http://www.seniorcitizenjournal.com/. Links to other Senior Citizen Journal pages can be found on the blog.
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Senior citizen affiliates should be very grateful for the World Wide Web because it allows them for the first time to do business without the sort of prejudice that they are bound to face in the offline world.
Actually one of the amazing things that the net does is to make everybody equal. Neither the very young nor the very old senior citizen affiliate gets discriminated against by virtue of their age. It therefore reduces the whole race to a person’s business skills and ability. Sadly the reality on the ground is that this advantage has not been able to benefit many senior citizen affiliates.
There are several reasons why many senior citizen affiliates have found it difficult to succeed online. Most of these reasons have to do with old fashioned traditions and beliefs that do not quite fit online.
For example most senior citizen affiliates have been brought up to believe that anything that is free will tend to be of very little value in terms of benefits. This is the reason why many of them have stubbornly refused to believe that the most effective online marketing tool is free. We are of course referring to articles marketing.
Online the rules are different because Google for example perfected their search engine over many months before they finally sat down to figure out a way of generating revenue from their wonderful free tool.
Actually younger people find it a lot easier to grasp and benefit from the net than senior citizen affiliates.
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What do you think most senior citizens do for fun? Well, that can be a long list with so many, but I’m sure it would be a fun one. Considering most seniors citizens grew up in an era that didn’t need technology or a lot of people to have fun. I want to look at some of the ways of those who came before us and even reflect with those who are senior citizens. I like to call them the young at heart.
One thing that remains the same is the health of most baby boomers. I have always wondered what their secret was to a healthy and enjoyable life and talking to a few seniors I’ve uncovered some of those things.
One of the things most seniors say keeps them going is Music. Music in the years was filled with several dance steps that most still enjoy to date. I can remember watching aunts and uncles at weddings, birthday celebrations and when the music comes on they are up and on the dance floor “cutting a rug” as they call it. The music and dancing was a mere means to get the exercise that they needed while having fun.
Some seniors even enjoy the everyday nature aspect of life. Fishing, hiking and gardening are a few of the top things that most enjoy. You see them even every movie or television show that comes on. Someone in the park taking a stroll and some young person bumps into them. I’m sure you have seen the water scenes and you notice two older men in the background on a small boat with fishing rods hoping for a catch. To date more and more older women enjoy just going outside and getting down and dirty gardening. There’s nothing like peace of mind when it comes to living a stress free life.
I can’t recall seeing people in my generation being able to just enjoy the simple things as fishing, hiking or even gardening. Those things are to old school for my generation.
More and more seniors are starting to get into journaling. I remember clips showing people writing letters in older films showing how everyone use to communicate with each other and wait for the letter to come in the mail. I didn’t realize that it helped penmanship and helped stimulate the thoughts in our heads to express what we felt. In this age we email and text. There’s no communication outside of that.
There are also some senior citizens who enjoy technology and learning how to use different forms of it. The sentiments during the technology boom for most seniors were they didn’t understand any of it, however, over time that all change with a new appreciation for it.
One of the last things I’ve seen in most of the elderly is there love of outdoor games and sports. I’ve seen more seniors with playing “Hopscotch and Kick Ball,” in the past few months than I have since I were a kid in the 1980’s. I guess it’s another great way for them to enjoy the fresh outdoors and keep their heart rate pumping.
Maybe, everyone can take an example from there book when it comes to enjoying life and making every moment count.
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Senior citizens are not too old to enjoy themselves, especially if the right activities are chosen for a party. Great senior party activities keep seniors engaged, ignite their imaginations, and let them rest. Here’s what to consider when planning a party for seniors.
Give it a purpose Senior citizens are in their golden years, and they’ve earned their rest. They’ve also earned the right to strong opinions, and sometimes have very strong ideas about what they will and will not do. When planning a party for senior citizens, don’t assume you know what is best for your guests. Plan the party with a purpose, give them a reason to be interested, but leave the joining in activities to the participants. Some good activities that bring a sense of purpose to a party involve charity. You can plan a party around knitting, sewing, quilting, or crocheting for charity. Lilybug is a charity that makes blankets and caps for babies in the neonatal intensive care units of hospitals. Operation Caregiver is a knitting charity that creates warm handknits for hardworking men and women in service. Having a clear purpose when at a party allows guests to relax into the experience.
Ignite their imaginations One of the best things about growing older is being able to lay down the mantel of hard work and eventually return to a sense of childlike play. Believe it or not, seniors often like to engage in art, crafts, and imaginative play. Engage this sense of imagination with activities like calligraphy lessons, watercolor painting, or crochet. Hire a magician, musician, or storyteller, and then let the guests have the floor while they tell their own stories. Decorate the party with lots of color or with sweeping themes to create a wonderland for your guests to lose themselves in.
Let them rest Great party activities, like dancing, get guests moving. Choose music from every era of their lifetime, and get their memories moving along with their bodies. At a party for senior citizens, it is important to have adequate rest, as well. Plan a high tea with finger sandwiches, ladyfingers, tea, and petit-fours. Arrange furniture in conversation circles near tables laden with refreshments. Host a film noir movie night where guests can attend as their favorite old film stars, but can also feel free to put their feet up or doze when the movie runs too long.
Cater to seniors’ imagination, sense of play, and desire to be a part of the world. Make the party mean something. Give the party a theme and a purpose. Then let your guests be your guides. If they want to spend the entire party standing by the refreshments and reminiscing over the last time they encountered croissants as fluffy as these, but they don’t have any interest in the ceramics lesson you’ve got planned, float with it. Let the party go where it will. Being a good host is about letting the party become a success in spite of you, not because of you.
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Once upon a time, senior citizens were old people. They were assumed to be suffering from ill health and in need of care. They sold their homes so they could move in with children or move to a care facility. Not any more.
Now senior citizens exhibit the same variety of health and fitness as people much younger. In fact, those who have actively taken care of themselves are probably more fit than those in their teens and 20’s who shun exercise and live on junk food.
So, assume nothing, because senior citizens come in many varieties, with many different goals.
Many choose to remain in their homes, while others want a change of scenery. But even those want to sell have different reasons.
Some want to get away from excessive maintenance chores. They’ll choose a smaller home with a smaller yard – or perhaps a condo. They may be in failing health, but don’t assume so. They may just want to pursue hobbies or take up volunteer work or be free to travel. Many have something they want to do that they couldn’t do before, and they don’t want to be tied down by a high maintenance home.
Others want to find a new home with a large yard, or even acreage, so they can take up gardening or buy a horse or raise dogs.
Some just want to get away! They’ll sell the old homestead and move into a motor home so they can see the places they’ve been dreaming about for all those years when they were tied to work.
Some want to move to a more temperate climate – they’re tired of the cold and snow and want to get outdoors and play all year. Some have always dreamed of living on a lake or in the mountains or on the desert. Some wanted to get away to a small town with a slower pace – or to move to a city with opera houses and art galleries and the theater. But until now, they were stuck because they were afraid to move away from their work. Now they can go where they want.
Of course, there still are those seniors who are selling because they do need to move in with the kids or to an assisted living facility.
Your job as an agent is to not assume anything. If you want to sort your lists, set up a capture on your website with information about downsizing to a smaller home, and a separate capture with information about transitioning to assisted living. You could even have different pages on your site – just like you might have different pages and different information for first time buyers and move-up buyers.
When you get a call to list a home for a senior citizen, go with no pre-set ideas. Wait and talk to the homeowner before you try to anticipate just what kind of assistance they need. Otherwise, you’ll risk alienating a new client before you get a chance to show your stuff!
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