Reflections on Aging #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is:  “What’s something you look forward to as you age? And what do you miss from your youth?”

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I turned sixty in June of this year, but I don’t look or sound like I’m sixty, and I certainly don’t feel old, despite minor health issues. Someone told me that the reason I don’t have gray hair is that I’ve never had children. Wow, can you imagine what would happen if everybody believed the secret to not having gray hair is to not have children? But I digress.

Since I turned sixty a couple of months ago, I’ve already been enjoying the benefit of eating breakfast or lunch for only $5 at The Hub on Smith, A Center for All Generations. This facility is primarily for senior citizens, but all are welcome.

By the way, my singing group, Just Harmony, will perform there tomorrow, August 4th, at noon during lunch. You can watch this event live on Facebook, and it will be recorded. See below for details.

But I’m digressing again, aren’t I? This is what can happen when you grow old. Anyway, I’m looking forward to enjoying senior discounts at restaurants and other establishments. I also understand that if I were to join the American Association of Retired Persons, I would get even more benefits.

What do I miss from my youth? Well, the only thing I can think of is the fact that my bones aren’t as strong as they used to be. I’m more afraid of falling than I was in my younger years. Many older adults end up in nursing homes because of little tumbles from which young people can pick themselves up and dust themselves off. Although most can usually return home, it’s not the same. They may be forced to use a walker or wheelchair for the rest of their lives and/or depend on someone to help them with the simplest tasks of personal care.

Since I have no one whom I would want to burden with my care, I’m doing my best to remain upright for as long as I can. Since I’m thankful not to have succumbed to dementia, a stroke, or other conditions faced by the aging, I’m not complaining.

So, how about you? What do you look forward to in your old age? What do you miss from your younger years? You can leave your answers in the comment field below, or click here to participate in this week’s blog hop. I look forward to reading your answers.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll again be performing at The Hub on Smith tomorrow, August 4th, at noon, this time with my group, Just Harmony. We’re a bunch of women who sing mostly barbershop but other styles of choral music as well. This event will also be broadcast live on Facebook, and a recording will be available later. Click here to visit the event’s Facebook page, and mark your calendar. See you there!

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

10 thoughts on “Reflections on Aging #OpenBookBlogHop”

  1. Yes, the concessions are good, lol. Sam and I can now get ‘Over 60’ discounts on public transport and at the National Trust stately houses that we like to visit. It seemed strange asking for them at first, but now we’re used to it.

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  2. I’m also 60 and blessed with looking younger than my years (my mother’s side of the family defy aging). I haven’t got used to the discounts, but I’ve notice that when my silver starts to show, I get offered it more often — which is funny because I’ve had this much gray since I was in my 40s.

    Here’s a suggestion that Alaskans know about because we’re sun-deprived half the year. And, since we’re all talking about aging — why not.

    Thinner bones are largely a product of low Vitamin D, so to avoid it, we take supplements of Vitamin D3. This time of year I don’t take any unless I was stuck inside all day. In the dead of winter, I take 3000 UI (75 mg). I also use a tanning booth in the winter because your body really gets more VitD from the sun than from supplements, so 15 minutes in the booth twice a week really helps. I can’t just stand outside to get sun from November through March because even a few minutes without a heavy coat and gloves in Alaska around that time of year is risking frostbite. I don’t bother with booths or pills in the summer because with 22 hours of sunlight, I can manage 15 minutes in the sun at some point during any day when it’s not raining. My doctor recently complimented me on my levels because Native Americans don’t absorb VitD like Europeans (and Euro-Americans) do and my levels were right where they should be. Just be careful because bone strength doesn’t equate to ligament strength and injuries can still occur. I’ve never broken a bone, but ligaments take a long time to heal.

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