Getting old in America

While we have a president in his 70s and three projected contenders in the 2020 well into their 70s, unless you’re running for president, getting old in America isn’t easy. Ageism in the work place, being shoved aside as “irrelevant” when it comes to opinions and experience, etc., begins to wear on folks.

But when it is in the American church, it’s another level of heartache and, quite frankly, disgust.

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Year 49

I’ve contemplated this year… for all of 5 minutes.

In this year: We will have relocated our church and relaunched ministry,  welcomed our second daughter in law to the family,  and become a grandpa.

Quite the year I’m find myself halfway through.

Good News is I Don’t Have to be Shot… Yet

This article I posted yesterday started out with bad news. At my age, I’m just done. I have an obligation to fade into the sunset.

So, I had some fun with that, even knowing the article had good news in the main piece.

Here is the good news for us “geezers.”

A recent study he wrote with Igor Grossmannon aging and wisdom concluded: “Older people make more use of higher-order reasoning schemes that emphasize the need for multiple perspectives, allow for compromise, and recognize the limits of knowledge.”

There are also key things to do that help with staying mentally active longer. Education is one, but that is not all.

Still, when Dr. Lachman and Dr. Tun reviewed the results, they were surprised to discover that into middle age and beyond, people could make up for educational disadvantages encountered earlier in life. Everyone in the study who regularly did more to challenge their brains — reading, writing, attending lectures or completing word puzzles — did better on fluid intelligence tests than their counterparts who did less.

So I can put away those nursing home brochures and go whack a couple of young guys over the head with my cane!

Oh Just Shoot Me Now!

I have discovered why my denomination has such a fixation on ministers under the age of 40 right now. This article’s opening paragraphs reveal all:

IN 1905, at age 55, Sir William Osler, the most influential physician of his era, decided to retire from the medical faculty of Johns Hopkins. In a farewell speech, Osler talked about the link between age and accomplishment: The “effective, moving, vitalizing work of the world is done between the ages of 25 and 40 — these 15 golden years of plenty.”

In comparison, he noted, “men above 40 years of age” are useless. As for those over 60, there would be an “incalculable benefit” in “commercial, political and professional life, if, as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.”