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Old 01-11-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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There are a lot of stereotypes about seniors. One I know is seniors love to golf, but I'd say the percentage of seniors who like to golf is in line with the rest of the population. Another is that seniors all want to retire to Florida, obviously not true.

What stereotypes about retirees do you think are true, false, or annoying?
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:23 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Most of them , but they don't annoy me. I'd have to care. I like being a geezer.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:51 PM
 
Location: NC
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They are all rich.
They are all poor.
They love to talk about trivial medical problems.
They worry endlessly about their 'looks'.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:19 PM
 
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I think like the rest of population; seniors vary in their goals in retirement. I was just reminded that perhaps some forgot to plan that part in another thread. Kind of hard for me to imagine a person having no interest beyond their work life; tho I guess its true.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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I know several older people -- about half of whom are persnickety busybodies, bitter and always on the lookout for something ANYTHING to complain about, and everything is just awful all the time, while they are keeping busy (although in my opinion not busy enough). The rest keep busy and keep active.

So the "get off my lawn" contingent in the geezer world is alive and well, but it certainly isn't all of them.

But it bothers me, as I am toe dipping range of geezerhood at 55, that the women I see who are bitter and unpleasant are childless and alone. While I'm not alone, we are childless by choice and I'm wondering if not raising children and having to give of myself is what makes them just awful.... I don't want to be a miserable cuss in my old age -- life is too sweet for that, and sometimes I am little worried about that....
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I know several older people -- about half of whom are persnickety busybodies, bitter and always on the lookout for something ANYTHING to complain about, and everything is just awful all the time, while they are keeping busy (although in my opinion not busy enough). The rest keep busy and keep active.

So the "get off my lawn" contingent in the geezer world is alive and well, but it certainly isn't all of them.

But it bothers me, as I am toe dipping range of geezerhood at 55, that the women I see who are bitter and unpleasant are childless and alone. While I'm not alone, we are childless by choice and I'm wondering if not raising children and having to give of myself is what makes them just awful.... I don't want to be a miserable cuss in my old age -- life is too sweet for that, and sometimes I am little worried about that....
Don't worry. My guess is that you'll be just fine. Advancing years don't have to equate to bitterness and misery. Medical and physical issues can be a bother but they don't have to change who you are.
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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No stereotype is true across the board because seniors, like any other age group, comprise a varied group of people. Various stereotypes have varying degrees of validity, depending, among other things, on how old the seniors are. One is certainly considered a senior at 65, but an 80-year-old senior can be a very different animal.

Here's one: Seniors stubbornly refuse to quit driving even when it's apparent to everybody else that serious physical and/or mental problems have caused impairment and that they are unsafe. I think that stereotype is largely true for people over 80, but it is certainly not true for everyone. In fact some seniors over 80 remain good drivers.

Here's another (see Tallysmom's post): Seniors are negative, critical, and embittered and love to complain. Well, some are like that and some aren't. I think the ones that are may have been so before becoming seniors.

Just this afternoon I attended a concert of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" given at Disney Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The guest conductor was Michael Tilson Thomas, who is 70. "Missa Solemnis" is the longest work Beethoven ever wrote; it takes about an hour and a half to perform, and this performance was without intermission. That requires a lot a stamina and concentration on the part of the conductor - it is a very intense undertaking. Michael Tilson Thomas was superb, and was as much on top of things and in control as any conductor I have ever witnessed.

Can we conclude that all 70 year-olds are still at the very top of their game? Unfortunately not.
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Stereotypes?
That seniors have lost all or most driving abilities.
That all old people go out for dinner at 4 in the afternoon.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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[quote=Emigrations;37979491]There are a lot of stereotypes about seniors. One I know is seniors love to golf, but I'd say the percentage of seniors who like to golf is in line with the rest of the population. Another is that seniors all want to retire to Florida, obviously not true.

We just retired and moved to Northern Michigan into a golf community and we don't golf....I would say that blows BOTH of those stereotypes out of the water....
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Stereotypes?

That all old people go out for dinner at 4 in the afternoon.


its a good practice to go out early and avoid the after work crowd...Also there is usually a discount at that time.
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