"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." -- Author unknown
Here's something to think about. If Elvis Presley were alive today, he'd be 77 years old. That explains why I find it difficult nowadays bending over to tie my shoelaces and why I get winded when I try keeping up with my 7-year-old grandson!
Do you recall the "oldie" that begins, "Time waits for no one, it passes you by ... It goes on forever ..."
I was a youngster when I first heard that song. I liked the tune but didn't particularly listen to the words. Those were the days when folks living beyond 60 were considered "over the hill" -- and I still had a long way to go.
Talk to a 60-year-old today and he or she is likely to set you straight that middle age begins at 60. No one has to convince me. I'm a believer that you are what you feel or wish to be.
I remember when I was still wet behind the ears and envied my older brothers who seemed to enjoy more freedom than I. When I questioned my mother, I was told my turn would come soon enough.
And then there were moments as I approached middle age that I wished I was 20 again -- carefree, with no one to worry about but myself. But it took only a second to snap to my senses -- knowing that things weren't all peaches and cream even at that young age!
It's a rare person who has never experienced good days and bad ones in his or her lifetime. Given the choice of a full life with all
On Saturday, May 5, the Concord Senior Center will observe Older Americans Day. Personal invitations have been limited to only Concord residents that number more than 380 residents -- all over the age of 90!
I spoke with Avis Connolly, director of the center, who informed me it's the second time in six years the facility will host such a special event.
According to the center director, the program will include entertainment and food, highlighted by the awarding of special certifications of appreciation to the honorees by the mayor of Concord.
Although many invitees are not expected at the celebration because of their debilities compounded by advancing ages, the mayor is arranging to see that they are also acknowledged.
Any man or woman 90 years or older is worthy of admiration in my book. Do I consider all of them tough? You bet. They are the very folks who have lived through several major wars, the Great Depression, industrial and technological advancements, the Civil Rights strife, and survived.
Henri Amiel once said of long life: "To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living."
A majority of the public seems to have the impression that seniors in retirement seek to withdraw from society and live out their days indulging in their favorite pastimes such as playing golf, traveling to exotic places, dining out, getting together with close friends for a game of bridge, or just sitting at some senior center playing bingo.
That may be true for some seniors, although it should come as no surprise that the majority prefer to keep active and volunteer their services alongside younger people.
At one time deemed an impediment to progress, seniors now make up most of the volunteer workforce and are considered an invaluable asset in the community.
Having said my piece, I think the bar defining middle age should be raised to 90!
Eizo Kobayashi is a Concord resident and a member of the Concord Senior Citizens Club. Contact him at email@example.com.