When I think of an old person, I think of my uncle. I think old people are
• Hard of hearing
I think 70 years is reasonably old. Most individuals at this age lose their permanent teeth, bowel and bladder control, muscle strength, sight, hearing, they tend to get shorter, hair loss, and loss of skin elasticity. The skin becomes wrinkled.
A lot of times they will require assistance with activities of daily living. They are unable to read probably due to loss of sight, they are unable to use the bathroom as they would normally do, they are unable to lift due to muscle weakness, their libido is low and therefore may not enjoy sexual activities, some co ordination is lost and cannot drive vehicles as well, they are not able to walk or stand for quite an amount of time, they cannot socialize as well due to hearing loss, sight, and they cannot probably feed themselves.
For this reason I presume a good age to retire would be 70. Of course other individuals would still be strong at this age but most other people are beginning to get weaker and weaker around this time. They are no longer incompetent and should therefore not be allowed to work. I feel like forced retirement should be implemented to protect both the individual and the employer from law suits in case of injury.
A no mandatory retirement law would only allow more and more old folks to be out in the work places probably doing a sloppy job, besides meaning that they would be taking jobs that the younger individuals would be doing. Also having a cut off age sets some rules and laws to follow in case of applying for social security and other welfare programs. Yet on the other hand if the retirement age was raised, most old people would be forced to stay at work beyond their ability. This will increase chances of injuries at work and companies scoring low and producing even lower as opposed to a more competent worker. If the age was lowered it would mean that the government would have to pay social security to people that are still capable of working and contributing to the economy.
What should the government do about lowering, raising,no mandatory retirement age, or a mandatory retirement age?
It is not the size of your body but the capacity of your brain to work. I am strong believer in manipulating things to my advantage. I call it brain power.
A small idea, well nurtured could become a movement or grow into something very huge. If I were you I wouldn’t discard that idea. Yes that one. Give it a shot. Here is what amazes me; when I go to sleep, my mind stays awake. Interesting huh?
Never give up your mind for a thing of protein shake. It aint no fair trade if you know what I mean. There’s hardly a thing that the mind could not do if it is set to do it. Key thing is persistence.
A famous quote from my clinical instructor goes like this,”did I tell you it would be easy?”. Usually this is not meant to discourage but to encourage enthusiasm and focusing on the task at hand.
Everything needs time, and usually pays off in no time. Why mind over muscle? Well, you could break into a bank and make away with millions, but will later be brought to justice. But you could go to school and do a degree and make clean money.
Every invention that we see now started as an idea. And each of these ideas failed several times before finally becoming alive. You should these words with me: NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES, I WILL PERSEVERE.
Who is with me?
Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal. It is easy to get distracted sometimes especially when your goal is not well-defined.
The moment you make up your mind to do a certain thing, it is then that other things begin to attract you. If you are not careful you will get drifted away by the waves of life.
I was hitting a conversation the other day with an elderly woman and she went on talking about how proud she was about her sons. She had been complimented several times for raising her kids well. “If you want something yet you can’t afford it, do not buy it”, She told me. “That is what I taught my sons and they grew up to be very happy”, She added.
Goals, goals, goals. Always have goals. A goal is like a map to your destination. A goal will decide every step that you take. The elderly woman taught her sons to save up for the things they craved for and until they could afford them, then they could not have them.
As soon as you learn to set up goals and gear up towards achieving them then you will see that everything will begin to fall into place. Simply cut everything that is swaying you away from it. It could be the company you keep or the places you go to or the things that you do.
How do you plan to achieve your goals?