Podcast #112 Being Old in the USA

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Getting old is no fun. You used to walk six miles. Now walking three miles is an effort. You used to eat just about anything. Now you study the nutrition labels. You used to sleep through the night. Now you are up at least once. You used to see a doctor annually. Now you see a doctor at least once a month.

You are no longer simply a citizen. You are what’s called a senior citizen. You probably don’t work. You have a lot of free time. Maybe too much free time. Some people know how to fill those hours. They take courses. They do volunteer work. They read a lot. They help care for grandchildren. Some seniors don’t know what to do. They watch a lot of TV. They sit on park benches. They watch the world go by. It depends on the individual.

A good many seniors have a decent income. They are able to travel. They eat out. They go to the theater. They know how to use the Internet. They have a good life. Most seniors are not in that category. This is due to bad luck or bad life choices. They have to watch every penny. They don’t buy the best food. They can’t afford good medical care. Travel is out of the question. Life can become pretty gray.

Housing for seniors varies. Once again, money makes a difference. Some places offer many services, and days are filled with activities. Cheaper places provide a lot less. People have to adapt. They really have no choice.

Getting old is no fun.
Getting old is no picnic.

You used to walk six miles.
You used to take six-mile walks.

Now walking three miles is an effort.
Now it’s an effort to walk three miles.

You used to eat just about anything.
You could eat whatever you wanted.

Now you study the nutrition labels.
Now you read nutrition labels carefully.

You used to sleep through the night.
You slept soundly all night.

Now you are up at least once.
Now you’re out of bed at least once.

You used to see a doctor annually.
You would see a doctor once a year.

Now you see a doctor at least once a month.
Now you have at least one doctor visit monthly.

You are no longer simply a citizen.
You’re not simply a citizen anymore.

You are what’s called a “senior citizen.”
You carry the label of “senior citizen.”

You probably don’t work.
You probably don’t have a job.

You have a lot of free time.
You have a ton of free time.

Maybe too much free time.
Possibly more free time than you’d like.

Some people know how to fill those hours.
Filling those hours is easy for some seniors.

They take courses.
They enroll in courses.

They do volunteer work.
They work as volunteers.

They read a lot.
They do a lot of reading.

They help care for grandchildren.
They help out with grandchildren.

Some seniors don’t know what to do.
Some seniors have no idea what to do.

They become addicted to television.
They’re glued to their TVs.

They sit on park benches.
They hang out on park benches.

They watch the world go by.
They disconnect from the world.

It depends on the individual.
It varies from person to person

A good many seniors have a decent income.
Many seniors enjoy a good income.

They are able to travel.
They’re able to take trips.

They eat out.
They go out to eat.

They go to the theater.
They attend the theater.

They know how to use the Internet.
They are Internet users.

They have a good life.
Their life is a good one.

Most seniors are not in that category.
Most older people don’t fit into that category.

This is due to bad luck or bad life choices.
This is thanks to bad luck or bad life choices.

They have to watch every penny.
They have to pinch pennies.

They don’t buy the best food.
The food they buy isn’t the best.

They can’t afford good medical care.
Good medical care costs too much.

Travel is out of the question.
Forget traveling.

Life can become pretty gray.
Life can get pretty dull.

Housing for seniors varies.
Housing for the elderly varies.

Once again, money makes a difference.
Here again, money is the key.

Some places offer many services…
Some facilities provide loads of services…

…and days are filled with activities.
…and activities fill the days.

Cheaper places provide a lot less.
Less expensive places offer much less.

People just have to adapt.
People must simply adapt.

They really have no choice.
There’s no other choice for them.

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