Ask a young person this question. Then ask an older one. You will get a vastly different answer, which is no surprise. It is all a matter of perspective. So just what are the benefits of age from the point of view of a young person and an oldie.

Young person

  1. You get a discount at the movies
  2. Medicare pays for your doctor bills
  3. You don’t have to buy any more new clothes to be in style. You are permanently out.
  4. You get an income from your pension or investments.
  5. You have the free time to travel.
  6. Your kids are grown and out of the house. Hurrah!
  7. You can dote on the grandkids who love you to death.
  8. You have the wisdom of age.

Oldie

  1. You don’t care if other men flirt with your wife.
  2. You get the early bird special at the diner.
  3. Your house is paid off.
  4. Your car is paid off, even if it is ten years old.
  5. Your big expenses for furniture and fixtures is out of the way.
  6. Travel. Travel. One more ocean cruise!
  7. People think you have wisdom, and you do compared to them.
  8. Your socks don’t have to match.

Now ask about the reverse. What are the disadvantages of age?

Young person

  1. Your wrinkle cream has stopped working.
  2. You have to live on a fixed income.
  3. Medicare doesn’t pay all your medical bills.
  4. You are too old to go backpacking.
  5. No one cares if you are on trend.
  6. Your glasses are really thick…and then there are those trifocals!
  7. You have to buy a lot of gifts.
  8. Your senses are diminished. (Grandma pours on the salt)

Oldie

  1. Your wrinkle cream has stopped working.
  2. You have lost an inch or two of height.
  3. You have lost more than a few teeth.
  4. You have gained an inch or two around the waist.
  5. You don’t want to upgrade your cell phone every two years.
  6. All your recreational activities seem to be bus trips.
  7. You get “senior moments.”
  8. Sometimes you feel invisible.

So where do you stand? Does any of this ring a bell? It’s all in fun, but there is a kernel of truth if you read between the lines!