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Old 09-04-2011, 09:16 PM
 
Location: delaware
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these suggestions are great! i would never have thought of some of the ones you've suggested. my background is in the social sciences so that is the lens through which i generally view the world. but it is very refreshing to hear different viewpoints and to consider areas of interest and concern that might not have occurred so readily to me.
i have taught a variation on this course twice previously, but it was more structured, more instructor driven, and had less planning input from students. however both times in the past i truly loved teaching the course and found the class discussions very candid and insightful. so i'm looking forward to re-doing the course with a focus on less structure and more student input as to discussion topics.
and i thank you so much!
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Here's my suggestions, some of which have already been made, and which all revolve around taking advantage of your freedom, wisdom and experience:

- discovering new creative interests and learning opportunities (languages, musical instruments, singing, art)

- expanding your horizons. Whether it be travel of various kinds and scopes, studying or doing research on subjects you've already been interested in (history, science, culture)

- giving back. Using your time and experience to help leave the world a better place--volunteering in everything from tutoring English to environmental activitism

- exploring your physical limits. Taking on new exercise challenges in the last third of life, including ways of staying fit when mobility is compromised

- relationships. Challenges of making new friends, new spouses, even breakup of long-term relationships. Coping with different rates of aging and decline in couples
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:32 PM
 
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I thnik that you should serch for both ss trustees report and medicare tristees report and presnt them as mnay never saw what they reported recently.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:48 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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Fashion/hairstyles, aging in general. Why some folks age gracefully and others age like it's 1960. I see a lot of old (ie white hairs) folks today that look exactly the same as the old folks I saw in the 1960's when I was a kid. Sometimes I think I am back in the 1960's. It's like a time warp. The "old lady" shoes (comfortable but the style screams 1960's).
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Fashion/hairstyles, aging in general. Why some folks age gracefully and others age like it's 1960. I see a lot of old (ie white hairs) folks today that look exactly the same as the old folks I saw in the 1960's when I was a kid. Sometimes I think I am back in the 1960's. It's like a time warp. The "old lady" shoes (comfortable but the style screams 1960's).
Hair styles and clothing styles are so unimportant, irrelevant, and trivial. I would hope the people taking the class would be more interested in getting a life than focusing on such nonsense.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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Fashion/hairstyles, aging in general. Why some folks age gracefully and others age like it's 1960. I see a lot of old (ie white hairs) folks today that look exactly the same as the old folks I saw in the 1960's when I was a kid. Sometimes I think I am back in the 1960's. It's like a time warp. The "old lady" shoes (comfortable but the style screams 1960's).
Check back with us when you get old enough to have problems with walking. Those "old lady shoes" are just about the only kind that will get you through the day without shedding a tear. It's all about Comfort!!!! NOT STYLE.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Just what you could expect

Interesting stories - good and bad - from those "ahead" of you - like Padgett2 said about the shoes - now I wouldn't know that.

Different types of communities out there - good & bad

Dealing with loneliness

(I like to hear about the adventures myself and where people got to where they are today).
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:33 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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Hair styles and clothing styles are so unimportant, irrelevant, and trivial. I would hope the people taking the class would be more interested in getting a life than focusing on such nonsense.
You don't have to be so rude. Geesh. I tried to think of something different from the same old topics that the OP mentioned. I wanted to add something different. If was just a suggestion, not a demand that it be added. It actually could be considered a psychological topic, how our sense of style changes with age. Does hitting "60" make some change their appearance because that is what they feel they should look like? 60 is too "old" to have long hair (female), so I must act/look my age and get it cut short like other 60+ women?

As far as the shoes, comfort doesn't have to be awful looking. There are all kinds of comfortable, stylish shoes out there for older folks that don't scream "look at me, I'm stuck in the 1960's". Go shoe shopping, there are all kinds of stores and styles of shoes for 60+ folks, 80+ in your case (based on your post).

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:42 AM
 
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If women want to get together to discuss shoes or clothing or dying hair, fine but count me out of those discussions. Next on the boring list are people bragging about their grandkids. Then there are those endless health issues..... No being around old people can be unpleasant or worse. I would echo the previous suggestions about discussing new and exciting adventures and activities.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:36 AM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Why not make the class itself challenging? It would at least cure boredom for the duration of the seminar. Nothing is going to change a boring life into an exciting one.

This is what I would do. Since everyone in the class will be familiar with society as it was fifty years ago it would be interesting to draw critical comparisons. Each student would pick a topic ranging from racial integration or immigration to music or fashion or anything else of interest, detailing the situation fifty or more years ago and how it has changed. The student would argue that the situation described has either worsened or improved in the past half century, then present the paper to the class. This would be an interesting exercise allowing the participants to freely express their views. But there would be an expectation that the student would support those views effectively and defend them in a class discussion.

Too often teachers and others leading seminars and discussion groups treat older people as if they're prima facie suffering from senile dementia and can only handle topics comprehensible to young children. But there are plenty of older people who would delight in some intellectual action. I can't conceive of taking a course in loneliness or improving my presumably deficient lifestyle; it sounds more boring than discussing bowel movements at the senior center. But I'd take a course that actually let me use my mind. That would be fun.

If students enjoyed this course and were motivated to take others, perhaps even start on a degree program, that would be the real measure of the success of this course and the instructor.

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