Last week, the New York Times published an opinion piece entitled “Republicans Against Retirement”. Arguably more interesting than the piece itself are the letters to the editor that came in response. They cover the gamut from basic agreement, with minor nits to pick such as the understanding that social security is an earned benefit vs. an entitlement, to complete disagreement on the fundamental points of the article. As always, both editorials and responses should be taken with a grain of salt, but they’re worth reading, just to see what people are thinking out there.
It may seem inevitable that one loses mental function as one ages. In fact, it may not be a feeling, it may actually be unavoidable. However, the degree to which one loses mental function need not be particularly severe. In fact, except in the case of a few degenerative diseases, research is indicating that following a few simple tips can keep you sharp as you age. And as it happens, these tips are pretty much good advice for anyone, so follow them and keep your cognitive function up throughout your life.
Stereotypes are there for a reason — they almost always include a fair bit of truth. And there are certainly plenty of stereotypes when it comes to senior drivers. But stereotypes also change over time, and as the Baby Boomers enter their senior years, we’re seeing an evolution in the relationship between seniors and cars. In fact, in many ways, the elderly are the future of the auto industry. None of the major companies are yet explicitly targeting this demographic, but expect it to come soon. Don’t forget to buckle up!