In many countries a senior citizen is defined as anyone 65 years of age and older. Too many of us focus on the disadvantages of growing old and don’t pay attention to the great things about aging. There are privileges associated with advancing age which are invaluable to all of us and this can be the best time of your life. Senior benefits are everywhere.
What are some of the most valuable senior benefits?
The time to do the things you have put off but always wanted to do. Many seniors head off in a totally new direction once they reach retirement, starting businesses, exploring new hobbies or travelling. Senior benefits include schedules being your own and it’s a relief to be able to do what you want when you want to do it.
Discounts of all types
Transportation is cheaper for seniors. There are bus, train and air fare discounts, so now is the time to take advantage of them. Many seniors love cruises and if you can afford it, you can travel the world. To go with it, hotels cost less, there are senior travel packages galore and entertainment venues of all types charge seniors less than others. Most stores have a senior’s day with up to 50% off items that aren’t already on sale.
Freedom, wisdom and knowledge
Seniors have learned not to take themselves too seriously and they find more humour in the everyday things. They’ve learned what’s important and what really doesn’t matter. As you get older, there is a freedom associated with knowing that you really do know what you’re doing and that life can still be a surprise. Seniors are valuable resources on everything from past history to advice on life. They are able to look at various points of view more easily since they have lived through so much and have experience with many types of people.
Time for family
Work schedules over the years, combined with other responsibilities, kept most of us from spending as much time as we would like with our children, grandchildren and other family members. Seniors appreciate spending not only holidays with their families but having regular outings with their children and especially their grandchildren. Younger generations seem to appreciate their time with their grandparents and other elderly relatives. Why wouldn’t they? The older generation know how to have fun!
Many colleges and universities offer free tuition for senior citizens. In Canada, both York and Ryerson waive all or most tuition costs if you are over 60. Many community based programs are available to extend your education or to provide more knowledge about new interests and hobbies. Most senior centres have classes in computers, knitting, yoga and many other subjects. They also provide opportunities for seniors to contribute their time through volunteering.
Seniors are contributing to society in so many ways. They give generously of their time and money. There are distinct advantages to growing older and sometimes we forget the benefits of aging. Attitude and flexibility are very important. There has never been a better time to be a senior.