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    ... For age is opportunity no less
    Than youth itself, though in another dress,
    And as the evening twilight fades away,
    The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.


    -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus

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    We don’t like to be out late at night either. I want to read and relax.

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    Jimmy Carter is a good role model of aging well.

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    And Mick Jagger! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxqpYIbmvP4

    I suppose I'm not aging well, since I'm nearly lame--and I get tired of being sent articles about 90 year-old hikers and dancing grannies. I'm just thankful for the faculties I do still have, and that I'm otherwise healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I try not to say "senior moment." I definitely don't say it to clients. Other things I don't do with clients: Tell them my age, or the age of my kids (My oldest is 41 today--yikes!). I never reference old technology or admit that I had a dial phone or a black-and-white TV. I never say "Back in the old days we..." I don't say, "You probably weren't even born when..." I try not to dress stodgily. I watch my posture. I never talk about my health or medications. I don't take medications, but if I did, I wouldn't take them in front of clients. I never talk in absolutes--I try to keep an open attitude about everything.

    I do that in particular with my clients, but I try to follow those "rules" in general.
    I generally follow this as well. I don't use "senior moment" either. I say "brain cramp" instead because a brain cramp can happen at any age, right?

    Nor do I reference old technology or say "back in the day we had..." Because frankly I love new technology. Where was a PC back when I was in college and had to produce papers on a manual typewriter? Would have made my life so much easier. I hated typing those things.

    And I sure as hell don't tell my Millennial coworkers that I am old enough to be their mother and talk to them like they are naughty children, something I got from older workers when I was their age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I try not to say "senior moment." I definitely don't say it to clients. Other things I don't do with clients: Tell them my age, or the age of my kids (My oldest is 41 today--yikes!). I never reference old technology or admit that I had a dial phone or a black-and-white TV. I never say "Back in the old days we..." I don't say, "You probably weren't even born when..." I try not to dress stodgily. I watch my posture. I never talk about my health or medications. I don't take medications, but if I did, I wouldn't take them in front of clients. I never talk in absolutes--I try to keep an open attitude about everything.

    I do that in particular with my clients, but I try to follow those "rules" in general.
    I generally do the same. I'm not afraid of technology, or of changes in society--if I think it's changing for the worse, I'll work to oppose that change. I like my stroke-affected relative's attitude "You know, it just occurred to me that my wheelchair will actually make it easier for me to protest in the streets. and I can get away faster. Before the stroke I was hobbling around with my protest signs attached to my walker. So I'm ready to roll!" Perfect attitude, IMO.

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