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Eighty is the New Sixty

Manvir S. Grewal

Just think…no matter who wins the presidential race, either candidate could be running the most powerful nation in the world in their late 70’s.

Gone are the days when people couldn’t wait to retire and lead a quiet, non-eventful life.

I have two employees in my office who are in their sixties and retirement is not in their foreseeable future.

While baby boomers are postponing retirement that does not mean they should postpone planning for it. Maybe we should change the phrase “retirement planning” to “planning for the future.” After all, most seniors are not looking forward to a rocking chair on the porch but rather looking forward to the future without the encumbrances of their earlier days.

My dad, Dr. Vinnie Grewal, a retired urologist who, at 82, works out every day and then stops by my office to have coffee and spar with the staff over politics and philosophy, shared the following:

I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager)

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
I don’t have to go to school or work.
I get an allowance every month.
I have my own pad.
I don’t have a curfew.
I have a driver’s license and my own car.

The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren’t scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, whybe scared
And I don’t have acne.
Life is Good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.

Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full.

Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise.

SO THERE!!

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