Seniors & Elderly
  • It has been said that this is the “Metallic Stage” of life—so named for the silver in your hair, the gold in your teeth, the tin ear you are developing, the platinum credit card you are being offered, the titanium implant in your hip, and the lead in your behind.   
  • Remember, when you are over the hill, that’s when you pick up speed.  The elderly are one of the greatest resources we have in our community.  They have much to offer to both families and our community, including their advice, wisdom and time.   

  • It is difficult for those who are young to understand the loneliness that is felt by so many of the elderly, especially those who do not have family nearby.  Aging men and women who were once the center of a home and much needed, suddenly find themselves on the sidelines watching those who are still needed.  For them, their homes filled with furniture, seem empty now.  The brief moments and visits made by those who are hired to care for them, do not satisfy the remaining lonely hours and the longing to feel needed, valued, and loved again.  (Lloyd Newell, Music and the Spoken Word)
  • Many baby boomers are now age 60-80, and they not only feel great, but they have years of business experience, contacts, marketing skills and wisdom to contribute to worthwhile causes.  They now have the time to become involved in charities and to continue to make a big difference in the world. 

  • "The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person."  Andy Rooney
Statistics
  • Seniors represent 15.9% of the population in Spokane County (July 2007).  It is estimated that 25% of the County population in 2026 will be 60 years of age or older.  By 2030, 20% of the people in America will be over 65.  
  • In 2007, 86% of seniors lived independently in Spokane, and less than 5% lived in a nursing home.  For more stats, visit http://srhd.org, or call (509) 323-2853. 

  • Americans are aging.  In 1960, fewer than 1 in 10 Americans was 65 or over; now it is 1 in 7; and by 2060 the ratio may be 1 in 4.  (Population Reference Bureau, 2016)
  • Driving statistics for Seniors:      
Drivers age 50 and older are involved in no more traffic crashes than middle-age drivers until approximately age 75; however, drivers in the 75+ age group are involved in more crashes than middle-age drivers.  

When “miles driven” is factored in, drivers age 75 and over have much higher crash rates, almost as great as drivers 16 to 24.  

Driver deaths are markedly higher after age 75, due in part, to our bodies being less able to recover from the forces involved in a crash.  

Intersections are where most crashes involving older drivers occur.  In addition, right-of-way, left turns, lane changes, and driver distraction are the primary causes of crashes involving older drivers.  

What You Can Do
  • “What the elderly need in the loneliness of their older years, is in part, at least, what we needed in the uncertain years of our youth; a sense of belonging, an assurance of being wanted, and the kindly ministrations of loving hearts – not merely dutiful formality, nor merely a room in a building, but room in someone’s heart and life. We cannot bring them back the morning hours of youth, but we can help them live in the warm glow of a sunset made more beautiful by our thoughtfulness, by our provision, and by our active and unfeigned love.”  (source: Thomas B. Monson, 2012 Christmas Message)

  • Offer to help an elderly person run errands, or run errands for them.

  • Visit an elderly family member.


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