As Sure as the Day is Long

age_progressionWhen one becomes a senior citizen and decides to retire here in Florida, one realizes that a normal progression will be following in the future. That progression will take you from living in your own home, to living in an independent living facility, or when necessary, moving into an assisted living facility and eventually into the dreaded nursing home. I use the word ‘dreaded’ because word has gotten around and experiences have shown that a nursing homes just doesn’t provide the care and the concern that the residents deserve and hope for. Pressing a ‘call’ button and having to wait a half hour or more for someone to answer it, or having to wait for an aid to clean you up after you couldn’t get to the bathroom on time and now have to lay in your own poop for any length of time is certainly not anything any of us look forward to. Those are just a couple of complaints that are issued every day by the poor souls who have the misfortune to live there. Now, I’d like to say something in defense of those nursing homes. After all, where else can one go at that age and suddenly inherit a new wardrobe? Let me explain! Continue reading


Time Waits For No One

timefliesAs the song goes, “Time waits for no one, it passes you by. It floats on forever, like clouds in the sky.”

In years gone by, time was only important to me when I had to go to a show that started at a certain time, or when I wanted to watch a TV program which was scheduled to start at a given time, or when I had to go to school or be at work at a particular time. Those are the times when my watch was very important to me. As I have gotten older, time became something that I would rather not pay attention to. Continue reading

Who Knew?


I always thought that I knew my own body. I was wrong! When I wake up in the morning, every bone in my body aches, (and what doesn’t ache, doesn’t work anymore). I used to know the medical term for each ache and what amount of pain each ache will bring. Not anymore! Now, it seems that various parts of my body have taken on a mind of their own and have developed their own brain. When I wake up in the morning and start to get out of bed, my mind tells me that I’d better get to the bathroom soon or else my bed will suddenly get wet. Continue reading

Sometimes I Wonder…

Image-3-Most-Important-Tips-for-First-Year-ResidentsI received a phone call from my doctor’s office yesterday advising me that my appointment for tomorrow has been cancelled and will have to be rescheduled. The reason given was that the doctor was ‘under the weather’. It struck me funny because in all the years that I have had doctor’s appointments, I don’t remember ever hearing that reason for cancellation. Usually, when an appointment has had to be changed, I’ve been told that it was because the ‘doctor had been called to an emergency’. For the first time, I realized that doctors are human too and they also get sick occasionally. My mind wandered to other people I go to for service and I wondered who takes care of them when they are needy? Continue reading

Older and Wiser

CONFUSED_SeniorJust when you think that you’ve reached an age when there is nothing new for you to learn, you find yourself living in a senior care facility and you feel like you were back in school again. Here at Sterling Court, the facility where I am living at the present time in Florida, I get the opportunity to mingle with some of the retirees from time to time. During mealtimes, I get the opportunity to sit with a few of the intellectual residents and the discussions usually involve politics, weather, sports (among the men mostly), or health issues. Occasionally, we play some trivia games while waiting for our food to arrive. If you think that some of the questions are off the wall, you should hear some of the answers. Continue reading