We have always enjoyed riding bikes. As we get older, hills seem to get higher. So, we decided to rent e-bikes. Our first e-bike ride was about 20 miles. We went up some steep hills. With long open stretches of bike path, we tested the speed and handling of the bikes. The rental so much fun that we decided to buy e-bikes. After a lot of research, we decided on the Lectric E bike 2. The step-thru model seemed best for us. This would be the first of our senior e bike adventures.
Lectric Ebike 1st Ride
This bike was compact, affordable and foldable. We thought it would be perfect to transport in our car or small motorhome. We took some time to get used to the Lectric Ebike learning how to use the peddle assist, cruise control and throttle. For example, the normal, 7 speed bike gears worked differently with the 5 ranges of pedal assist.
“For elderly pet owners, ……… pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity and help them learn.” This is what Barbara Ballinger wrote in her article called “The Healing Power of Pets for Elderly People” published at agingcare.com
I am not sure why, but as senior citizens, my wife and I have become more spontaneous. Today, for example, we just decided to have lunch with John Steinbeck. Well, not exactly with John. We ate in the living room of his boyhood home.
What’s Your John Steinbeck House?
Most towns have an interesting place or event nearby. One, in our town, happens to be the Steinbeck House. Although I have lived in the area for over 20 years, I had never been in the house. What are the Steinbeck Houses near you? They are the interesting places that people from out of town travel to see… the interesting places that you just don’t visit?
Our family gives great Christmas presents. I haven’t gotten a tie or aftershave in years. Last Christmas, our son and daughter-in-law, gave us a romantic charter cruise out of Santa Cruz Harbor on the Chardonnay. As seniors, it was new experience. We loved it.
Who is a senior citizen? My grandfather was a senior citizen for the entire time I knew him. My Dad was a senior citizen for most of my life. Suddenly, I am a senior citizen. I hope this website helps you as I figure out how to be a senior citizen.
When are You a Senior Citizen?
My grandkids ask me to tell them about the “olden days.” I have people at stores ask me if I need at hand. Am I a senior citizen because I have white hair? Am I a senior citizen because of my age. Possibly, its because of how organizations and the government view me.
When I think about my grand-parents and my parents at my age, I am very different from them.
I think differently than they did. I find that I am more interested in many things than ever before in my life. For that reason, I am on the go a lot more than my parents.
They were skeptical of new food, new politicians and new experiences. They were particularly skeptical of new ideas. I find all of that exciting. My outlook on life is different from my parents and grandparents at my age.
I can’t lift as much as I used to. I can’t run as fast as I did when I was younger. But I have the same energy as I always have. At least, I think I do. Aches and pains not withstanding, a day of hiking or an hour of swimming or basketball still feels good. I try to walk, not jog, 5 miles daily.
My next birthday will put me two years over the age to receive Social Security. I will have had MediCare for 3 years on May 8th. Websites ask me to scroll way down to reach my birth year. As far as the government is concerned, I’m senior citizen.
Who Are Senior Citizens?
When does senior insurance kick in? There are AARP Insurance plans 50, 65 years olds can access. Is everyone in that age range a senior? Many people say that 10,000 baby boomers world wide turn 65 daily.
Glen Kessler wrote in an article dated July 24, 2014:
“Ten thousand people a day is certainly a big number. Over 365 days, that’s almost 4 million people. But then everything about the “Baby Boom” generation is pretty big. There were 76 million people born between the years 1946 and 1964, the traditional window for the baby boom generation. That means that they will retire over a 19-year period. Simple math shows that 76 divided by 19 is 4 million, or almost 11,000 people a day.”
That’s a lot of people. When I go the store, I see people about my age everywhere I look.
What Do Seniors Mean to the World?
Many people who study demographic trends and their results think that this number of seniors will impact the world economically. With health care improving and nutrition standards rising world wide, seniors are living long.
“Business Insider”, in a Reference.com article, speculates. “America’s 65-and-older population is growing rapidly thanks to the aging Baby Boom generation. This means more and more people are dropping out of the labor force and spending less and less money.” This is seems to be the case world wide.
“Global Health and Aging” observes. “In 2010, an estimated 524 million people were aged 65 or older—8 percent of the world’s population. By 2050, this number is expected to nearly triple to about 1.5 billion, representing 16 percent of the world’s population.”
Wikipedia states that almost 27.6 percent of the world’s population is presently under 15 years of age. Yet people are living longer. The birth rate annually doubles the death rate world wide.
Seniors have built upon the foundation of the past in all areas of life. They will be dependent on others to provide their long term future.
Why This Website?
This website is for me. That’s not why its named after me. I am this domain name because my son bought it for me 15 years ago. I wanted to keep using it.
I’m a senior. What does that means for all areas of my life. I hope this website can be a place where other seniors share their experiences. I need to know how others are handling what I am handling. There will be no order to the articles on the site. I am planning to write as I do things. I also want to share what Ginger, my wife and I do, and other family members, as well. Enjoy the site. Let me know what you do in similar situations. Share what being a senior citizens means to you.
Take a moment to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Are you a senior? Do you seem different than you parents did when they were your age?