Went to look at a senior living center for my Father-in-law the other day. For those who have never been in it was nice everything is provided breakfast, dinner, activities, cleaning and transportation. A resident has little to do except take advantage of the activities and trips. It was overnight camp for seniors the average age being 82. At first I thought that I would like this when I reached that age. Then I thought my Dad would've liked this. But then I thought again. No he wouldn't have liked it. When my Mom was still alive she tried to get him interested in all sort of activities in order to give him an incentive to retire none of them worked. He would try them but then become bored. We, my Mom and the children thought that that was because he worked all his life starting in High School, College, and then Dental School. He all ways had a job after school. As a dentist he could work as long as he wanted to and he worked until he was only breaking even and then he stopped. On thinking about it I think he worked because he liked what he was doing and he liked working for himself. I remembered a conversation I had with him when I had gotten a good job working for a large company. He told me that he admired me for what I did because he never could work for someone. Perhaps a senior living center is for those people who have spent a lifetime working for others and now they deserve to be taken care of. What will happen when I get to that age will I be taken care of or will I take care of myself. Can I be weaned from that culture? Stay tuned.
September 11, 2013