Ten Ways Senior Citizens Can Change
By Sue Miller

You get up achy, stiff and tired. You check the obituary listings to see who is still around. You meet with friends and everyone complains about being ignored by family, former business associates, and the few friends that are still around. Your opinions are never taken seriously and you feel your relatives are resenting you for living too long and spending what would have been their inheritance.
Sounds familiar and depressing, doesn’t it? It needn’t be that way. The examples cited are never going away. But we can change, even slightly, and prove to ourselves that we are still vital and productive seniors. Now is the time to update our own personal ten commandments. Here are ten ways in which senior citizens, or anybody, can change for the better.
1. Get up and force yourself to exercise every morning. Anything that you do will make you feel both mentally and physically better.
2. As long as you don’t see your own name in the obituary list, you are better off than those who are listed, and you can begin to challenge the new day.
3. Instead of always complaining about your family, recall how great they really are and what the both of you have accomplished and achieved. You should be proud of them, but more important, they should be proud of you.
4. Your opinions and viewpoints are important to you and you should not be ashamed to express them regardless of how outlandish. It shows you are thinking and trying to stay up with the world.
5. Try traveling to see different parts of this country as well as foreign countries. There are many organizations that cater to seniors --- Elderhostels, Tauck Tours, Cruises, to name but a few.
6. Go to movies in the afternoon (popcorn is free on Tuesday). For hearing problems, look for foreign films that have English subtitles.
7. Take chartered bus tours to parks, museums, theatres, and casinos. Take very little money to the casinos and always look for the free or inexpensive buffets. The ride is relaxing and the scenery is beautiful.
8. Check out books in the libraries that have a big selection of books in large print. The most current fiction and non-fiction books are now both in regular and large print.
9. Recognize and accept that you are a senior. When driving your car becomes dangerous, turn in your license and keys before your children start to pressure you.
10. You should always regard yourself as number one. Your children will respect you for your independence.
So get off you duff, and live each day to the fullest. Find a friend, a partner or, yes – even a new spouse to share your life. If you don’t have one, keep on looking. It is never too late.
(Sue Miller is the author of "I'm Tougher Than I Look," Williams Cohen Press 2006). You can visit her website at: www.imtougherthanilook.com. Contact information: Stacey J. Miller, S. J. Miller Communications, Randolph, MA http://www.bookpr.com email: sjmiller@bookpr.com)



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