Aging is more complicated than it was in the 1980s, 1990s — even in 2000. Don’t get caught with your pants down, meaning don’t find yourself in a situation you could have avoided or managed better.
In the 1990s the average lifespan was 72. Today it is 78.7. According to a 2010 Center for Disease Control report, if you live to be age 65, your life expectancy is likely to be an additional 18 years if you’re a man and 20 more years if you’re a woman. If you lived to see age 75, your life expectancy is likely to be an additional 11 years if you’re a man and 13 years if you’re a woman. With greater longevity comes the need for more retirees and semi-retirees to learn the power they possess to manage those things that help ensure successful aging.
Probably the two most serious issues in later life are:
•Maintaining your ability to live and function by yourself.
•Understanding how your Medicare insurance coverage works before you need to use it for an acute condition.
Our needs study found 63 percent of Erie County residents, age 60 and older, want to become more physically active to improve their well-being. To help accomplish this, Serving Our Seniors is holding a special event called “The Masters Challenge” Sept. 15 through Sept. 19.
The Masters Challenge is a free event that is non-competitive and requires no prior experience to participate. Its purpose is to introduce Erie County residents, age 60 and older, to new ways to become more physically active. It does require you to sign up by Aug. 29.
Here is what is being offered:
•Sept. 15 — Sandusky Curves, on East Perkins Avenue, workout session
•Sept. 16 — Harmony In Health, Tai Chi with Sifu White; Sandusky YMCA, Silver Sneakers Splash
•Sept. 17 — Sandusky YMCA, Classic Silver Sneakers; Erie MetroParks, Beginner and Intermediate Archery; Harmony In Health, Fitt Fusion Class; Northern Ohio Medical Fitness Center, Silver Sneakers
•Sept. 18 — Erie County Senior Center, Chair Exercise and Beachball Volleyball; Firelands Regional Medical Center, Osteoporosis and Exercise; Sandusky Curves on East Perkins Avenue, Workout session; Harmony In Health, Flex Appeal Class
•Sept. 19 — Sandusky YMCA, Classic Silver Sneakers; Lorain County MetroParks, Nature Hike; Parkvue Senior Living, Reiki Masters and Massage Therapy
To register go to servingourseniors.org or call 419-624-1856 and ask for Ora or Sarah.
On Sept. 15, at 6 p.m., Serving Our Seniors and OSHIIP will be holding a “Welcome to Medicare” class. Its purpose is to explain to those who are new to Medicare or will soon be enrolling into Medicare how this insurance works and your different options for affording Medicare insurance coverage. RSVPs are required by Sept. 11 to justify the time of the OSHIIP instructors. Seating is limited to 13. Call Serving Our Seniors at 1-800-564-1856 and ask for Sarah’s voicemail. Leave your name, phone number and the name of this event to reserve your seat. If we fail to attract enough people, you will be called and notified the class has been canceled.
Ask Serving Our Seniors
Q: Is Serving Our Seniors doing anything about the people who are taking senior citizens’ money by pretending to be someone they are not?
A: Yes. Serving Our Seniors is holding a symposium packed with exceptional speakers. It will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 10, at Kalahari Convention Center. It’s titled “Understanding Financial Elder Abuse: The Crime, The Shame & The Solutions” Serving Our Seniors is paying for the first 75 Erie County residents, age 60 and older, who register to attend by Oct. 1. A continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon dessert are provided. For more information, go to servingourseniors.org or call 800-564-1856.