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1 Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Fri May 03, 2013 9:33 am

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1.Be active physically and mentally. Travel and bond with true friends, play
a sport, learn a new hobby and volunteer in your community or parish.
Don't loaf around. Your spouse will hate you because you've become a
sloppy, listless bum with nothing good to say about the household and
things that you never bothered about before. Solve crossword puzzles,
play Scrabble, write your memoirs, and above all, read ...this will keep
you alert and keep Alzheimer's at bay.

2. Live in your own place to enjoy independence, privacy and a solo life.
If you move in
with your children, your rank or degree of importance is reduced to that
of a bed spacer who has no place of honor or, worse, like crumbling
furniture merely displayed with no added value. Might you kowtow to
conform to their own rules that are not kind, considerate or mindful of
you? If you witness your children engaged in a war of will and wits with
your grandchildren, whom will you side with? Will they even appreciate
your arbitration? Remind your children that silence is not a sign of
weakness; you are merely processing data that is taking longer to
complete.

3. Hold on to your nest egg, bank
deposits and assets. If you want to help your children, do give, but
not to the extent that you wipe out your life's earnings, singing
heroically not a shirt on my back nor a penny to my name.
Staying solvent and in the black is a good hedge against all kinds of
tempests. You will sleep better, you will not be afraid to express your
opinion and you will be confident about yourself.

4. Don't believe your children's promise to
care for you when you grow old priorities change. Many children are not
guilt-ridden or filled with a sense of moral obligation when the wife
and offspring take top billing in their lives. There are still children
who would consider it a privilege to show compassion, genuine love and
deep concern for their parents but be warned that not all children think
alike.

5. Expand your circle of friends to
include young ones who will definitely outlive your old BFFs. Keep up
with new inventions, trends, music and lifestyle including all the scams
and schemes you should guard against.
Remember that when
you mix with the young, you also open a fresh avenue to channel your
thoughts, experiences and values through so that the lessons you learned
are not lost, forgotten or buried with you.

6. Be well groomed and smelling fresh of
spring water all the time. There's nothing more depressing than seeing
people exhale when you walk by because you reek of camphor chest
or dirt. Old age or bust, don't look and smell like a corpse when
you're not one yet.

7. Do not meddle in the life of your children.
If they ask for your counsel, give it, but be ready to accept that they
may not take it. Their situations in life cannot be compared to the
situations that you experienced in your life. The playing field has
changed and they need to develop their own set of survival skills. If
you raised them to be street smart, they can handle themselves in tough
situations and be able to read people. Champion and encourage their
dreams and desires but on their own terms.

8. Do not use old age as your shield and justification for turning grumpy.
There's nothing
more annoying than an arrogant, old fool. Welcome each day as another
chance to be kind and forgiving, to yourself and to others.

9. Listen to what others may say. Do not throw your weight around
just because you are a septuagenarian or a nonagenarian. You are not a
depository of knowledge. Even if the roles have been reversed, make
growing old a fun-filled, pleasant experience for you and your brood.

0. Pray always and focus on your eternal life. You will definitely leave everything behind, a final journey detached from burden and care.
Be more accepting that, sooner, not later, you will croak. Prepare your
swan song with a humble and contrite heart. If you believe in a
merciful and loving God, there is no need to strut like a star. Nobody
is.

2 Re: Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Fri May 03, 2013 1:39 pm

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Is this an advice or a warning ? Twilight Years .....
Makes growing old very scary leh ..... sounds so gloomy and so sad .
Some suggestions in there seems healthy and acceptable , but some ...... hmmm needs a lot of wisdom to analyse . I beg to differ .....
they should add : play more pingpong less mah-jong

3 Re: Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Fri May 03, 2013 3:17 pm

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Nothing else to talk bout so trying to be a TCSS artiste la.You differ in what give idea please.

they should add : play more pingpong less mah-jong

You know you will find many elders indulging in community mahjung in HKG to maintain their sanity and delay onset of dementia.

4 Re: Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Fri May 03, 2013 5:08 pm

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Mahjong or any cognitive activities that make the brain work, keep the mind sharp & alert may reduce or delay the onset of age-related dementia.

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5 Re: Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Fri May 03, 2013 5:57 pm

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dryvuuu wrote:Mahjong or any cognitive activities that make the brain work, keep the mind sharp & alert may reduce or delay the onset of age-related dementia.
... diabetes , hypertension .... still think its better to play pingpong , exercise both the brain and physically

6 Re: Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Sat May 04, 2013 3:42 pm

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.Pingpang wrote:..... still think its better to play pingpong , exercise both the brain and physically

Make it more colorful.Ping pong ,Mahjong, Line-dancing last Karaoke.

Karaoke is my favorite becus my frens say I got good voice so I always buy the beer. Any Topic starter for Karaoke?? Maybe Nee Soon East?

7 Re: Advice for Senior Citizens and Elders on Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:37 pm

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Good advice. maybe their life can be more colorful.

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