When Time Marches On

timwilliams By timwilliams, 19th Jul 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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To age with dignity intact is something we would all like to be able to do.

When Time Marches On

Ask anyone when they reach a certain age if they are more fearful or less adventurous? My guess is that the older one gets the more apprehensive and fearful with each passing year we seem to be. When we were young there seemed to be no boundaries of the things we were able to do. As kids we climbed trees, built tree houses and essentially were impervious to injuries or low level pain. But, now as we have matured and finally entered the golf cart reality of retirement we realize we are not as young and spry as we once were.

Time has taken it's toll on life and limb. In the Autumn of ones years one realizes the importance that aging gracefully is essential for our well being. But, I have seen in too many instances that aging gracefully depends on factors that have played out through-out ones life. One of the most important factors is health. Debilitating health concerns have hampered too many from experiencing life to the fullest. And when time marches on our bodies don't respond as well as they did when we were younger. And, when we age we are more fearful. The fear of falling is a major concern as our bodies don't bounce as well any more. Then there is our diet and vitamin deficiencies that play an all important role of our weakening bones and immune system.

It has been proven that once our bones lack enough certain minerals and vitamins they weaken to the point that they break. There has been allot of confusion about aging when a person falls and breaks a hip lets say. The misconception is that the hip was broken before the fall due to the lack of enough minerals and vitamins to maintain healthy bone structure. Aging gracefully requires our ability to be able to secure the proper nutrition, exercise, mobility both mentally and physically.

Too many of us today lack the means whether financially or otherwise to be able to secure the proper balance of life today. Too much work or not enough symbolizes a disproportion in our economy. As for seniors today that disproportion has manifested into a growing concern that directly affects us being able to age gracefully. We have seen it all across the country where retirement homes, assisted living facilities, senior day care centers and nursing homes are only as good as the financial support they get. The multitudes that have been financially hampered mainly those of us living on Social Security many of whom are not as fortunate to be able to afford the luxuries of a good retirement home or assisted Living facility. They are literally trapped by the limited financial means they have. With the high cost of pharmaceuticals, food and in general the cost of living today too many can't afford even the basic necessities to be able to age with some sort of dignity.

When time marches on we all would like to have a serene and calm existence. When we were young should have been the period in our lives that taught us how to age and what we would need as the years go by. I think all of us learned mostly by watching our parents handle the years. In each era there are cycles of events that mirror events that have already happened. Thinking back to my Grandfather who went through World War I and then my father who weathered World War II all have had that period in their lives affect how they aged. I weathered a similar cycle in that the Vietnam conflict affected my generation.

With each passing year my ability to age with grace has diminished. That is probably true of a good number of seniors today. Though fortunate to have a body that is so far able to handle the stress of existence and the mental capacity to communicate with family and friends I ponder though how long my good fortune will last. Will I be able to make with some sort of dignity to my dying day? Or will some unfortunate event cripple my endeavors to do just that.

Though provoking to question how does one handle when time marches on. To age with grace with dignity in tact is something we all would like to achieve. To live our remaining years in peace and harmony with the ability and capability to have an existence free from want, need and fear would be as good as it gets. Is it possible that one day that reality will be available for everyone? The way things are being played out today many of us who have experience when time marches on seriously doubt that mankind could ever bring that reality into existence. Then again who knows.


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I am a feature writer for The Tampa Bay Examiner and The American chronicle. Earned Ph.D in Economics

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author avatar LOVERME
18th Aug 2018 (#)

nice and longish will take time to reread

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