I read an online article which suggested that senior citizens need special activities should they go to the beach. The author believed that rather than swim like everyone else, grandma and grandpa should walk, collect shells, read, write, and or draw.
My husband and I are now considered seniors at ages 56 and 57. On our last two trips to the beach, we got in the water just the same as children, teens, young adults, as well as men and women our age and older. There may be individuals of all ages who for various reasons are unable to swim, or wade in the water, but to assume that age is a primary factor is incorrect.
Actress Susan Lucci just turned 70. I am not sure what age she is in this photo, but she is stunning, in a bikini. She says she has had no plastic surgery, and I have no reason to doubt her.. I cannot imagine her relegated to drawing and collecting shells on the beach,.
My husband and I encountered a woman at the beach who said she was 62. She was wearing a bikini, and except for a bit of a pot belly, she looked great. Everyone who appeared to be our age or older was swimming or playing water games, when not sitting on the beach. I saw no one writing or drawing.
Each of us ages differently, therefore all older adults should not be lumped into the same category. Yes there is a segment of seniors who are relegated to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It is true that a portion of older Americans are home bound. Not all senior citizens however fall into this category.
Senior Citizens today, have knowledge regarding diet and exercise, that our grandma’s and grandpa’s were not aware of. Those, who maintain their health, should be respected and celebrated rather than told they need special beach activities.
Canadian Jarring Timerman recently broke four swimming records at the age of 100. How condescending it would be for anyone to hand him a book to read, or tell him all he can do is walk along the shore, when he is on a beach.