October 1st is the annual International Day of Older People. Hooray! (I think.)
Let’s be sure to circle that date on our calendars. Right away. Today.
(Yes! I know it’s only one day past mid-September, but now that we’re older, we better not delay.)
Speaking of “older people”….
As the comparative form of the adjective “old,” “older” is relative.
Just who are these “Older People”?–Older than what? Older than whom?
Does one self-ascribe, self-define?
Now, if there is an age requirement, then, mathematically speaking, what is the qualifying age? Are we out or in?
Yes! Wait! Come to think of it, I take it back. Erase the circle on the calendar. Maybe we were too hasty. We better see if we qualify first….
Hold on a minute; I’ll research the minimum age requirement.
Might as well face the truth. Might as well find out if we qualify to put on dancing shoes on October 1st….
Okay. I’m back.
Before I tell you what I learned, would you like to guess the minimum age?
I’ll type it out as an equation in case you want to take a crack before the number smacks us in the face..
((5 + 2) x 3) – 1 (x 3) = the magic age for being one of the world’s “Older People”
So now we know. The World Health Organization, which sponsors the annual event, identifies sixty as the benchmark age.
Now, if you are like me and wonder why you’ve never heard of the “International Day of Older People” until now, I have a suspicion. Although October 1st is purportedly an international event, it seems that the USA has its own annual event on August 21st –“National Senior Citizen Day,” it’s called, which sounds more PC, don’t you think?
Okay, maybe August 21, 2016 is the date we should circle on our calendars. I have the feeling we’ll have more company then. …Think of all the “Senior Citizen” discounts. I’m not sure being one of the “Older People” has the same ring, to say nothing of comparative attractive benefits.
“International Day of Older People” anyone?
(I’ll pass. Count me out, not in.)
What are your thoughts about “owning up” to an age-related celebration day?