From the miscellaneous drawer - Not for sissies

by Anne Swenson

Keeping active is a great boon to aging. Another great boon is having family and friends upon which one can rely at drastic times.
They are great for the aging person, not so much so for the younger ones who get phone calls at all hours and are asked to drop everything to assist with a new elderly problem.
It would not be a surprise to sometimes get an impatient reaction, but tolerance and kindness seem to prevail.
In the latest happening, my trusty 11 year old Jeep suddenly turned on the dashboard battery light, causing me to detour to Mike Motors for help and to son Nick for a ride and the loan of a vehicle.
Eleven year old Jeeps are not flashy. The substitute far-newer vehicle (loaned via Mary’s kindness) would have taken me a half hour to read all the labels if only I had thought to bring along my eyeglasses.
It does seem that after age 60 one’s brain becomes so full of out-dated information that it is difficult to squeeze in the new technology the world has come to rely upon. Sometimes I wonder why once we oldsters have mastered and are perfectly satisfied with a machine version, we are challenged to learn an even more complicated one which mandates even more complicated programs to be run on it.
And just think, the US Census Bureau states that: By 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be aged 65 and over, compared with 13 percent in 2010 and 9.8 percent in 1970.
So thank the younger folks who have stepped up to assist parents and neighbors and friends. They are an important part in helping with the challenges of aging.
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In the Ely Echo on February 2, 1987, 30 years ago, the headlines were:
• Mayor Grahek asked to reorganize sled dog race by EADA and EADC;
• County finances reported better than expected; AIDS a problem for nursing homes;
• Break in reported at Ely Lumber Yard;
• Wilderness Trek Ski Race starts at 10 a.m. Saturday;
• Cast selected for spring musical “Working”
• Tirecycle to be underway by end of February