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Vital Aging--Maturity and Wisdom

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jan 23, 2013 8:52 PM

These observations are a continuation of my retirement thoughts a few days ago. Today, I interviewed some very senior citizens who have traveled the world and still do, who have achieved great educational and professional feats and still make important decisions and who have serious health issues. One man had to lean his good ear towards me every time. One woman shook with Parkinsonian hand movements. The wrinkles abounded and a good amount of padding surrounded their bellies and hips. Another man had some medical patches on his person.

I learned so much. These people have seen history change dramatically and know that some things never change. They have survived wars and economic downtrends, have raised and lost children, and have handled marriage and other relationships. Their informed opinions on many issues, including healthcare, immigration, terrorism, societal violence, crime,education and politics make sense. They understand the complexity of these issues. Their thoughts aren't knee-jerk or impulse-based.

Our leaders should be listening to these mostly-retired former business, academic and professional leaders and not pander to young inexperienced, easily-influenced, naive followers, who go with what sounds cool.

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