Advice from Fellow Seniors

By: Barb Killmeyer

Last week my husband Don and I went for our daily walk at Ross Park Mall and after it, we went to Panera’s on McKnight Road for coffee. While we were enjoying our coffee, we noticed, at a nearby table, a group of senior citizens who seemed to be having a really good time. We had seen this same group there before so, at my husband’s suggestion, I approached their table, introduced myself, and asked them just one question. The question I asked them was this: “If you could give just one piece of advice to someone approaching their senior years what would it be?” Listed below are the answers I received and I think you would agree with each of them.

 1. Have a support group of friends, besides family, that you can talk to. I was surprised to learn that none of the group knew each other before meeting at Panera’s and now they meet there daily.

 2.Stay active mentally and physically. If you can’t go to a gym, then do what you can. Walking is inexpensive and can be done just about anywhere, and they suggested that you begin each day by doing the puzzle in the daily paper.

 3. Enjoy your life! I really liked this one. Don’t dwell on the past or on what might have been. Instead, be thankful for, and enjoy each day.

 4. Travel. If you are able to do so, travel can relax and bring happiness to your life. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to visit new places and experience new and interesting things.

  1. Find something you have a passion for and do it. If there is something you truly enjoy, whether it’s ceramics, woodworking, baking, painting, or whatever gives you pleasure, make sure to factor time into your schedule to do it.
  1. Do everything you can to preserve your health. The person who made this suggestion told me that she had worked all her life as a nurse so she has seen first hand how important it is to do everything possible to maintain good health so you will be able to enjoy your senior years as much as possible.
  1. Laugh a lot! Everyone at the table agreed that a good outlook and plenty of laughter will help you to enjoy each day and to see the positive side of situations.
  1. Volunteer. By volunteering you are helping someone else and also keeping yourself active and involved. Your life experience can mean a great deal to others and you’ll remain mentally and physically involved and active so you’ll be helping yourself also.

Well, those were the words of advice I received in answer to my question, and I’m sure you can each add several more suggestions to the list.

I want to thank the ladies and gentlemen of the table in Panera’s and hope they can continue to meet and be a valued support for each other for many years to come.